Digitalisation (1)

After three days of not being on the internet because the account on my dongle went kaput and didn’t seem at all straightforward to reconnect, we have been sent a brand new router by ee (Huawei, of course), ordered yesterday in Newcastle, arrived today and, lo and behold, we are already reconnected (thank you, Chris). What the episode has shown me, which I already half knew, is how terrifyingly dependent we all now are on the internet, perhaps especially at the moment: no shopping, no access to the London Library, no work on my book.

It’s been particularly ironic because the last section of the book I have been writing is the way that the internet has affected, if it has, the design of museums: the way that it has dethroned academic hierarchies and enabled visitors to find out information about objects and works of art on their phone without needing labels. I had assumed that there would be a big and obvious secondary literature on the way that the internet has changed attitudes to authority, but I haven’t yet found it.

Any help and suggestions would be much appreciated.

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2 thoughts on “Digitalisation (1)

  1. Cynthia Rose says:

    Charles, You should talk to Isaac about this… Not only did he have 24 shows this year all over the globe…he also taught European artists in Karlsruhe for five years and he is now sunning his own digital lab and teaching in the belly of the beast: Santa Cruz. I spoke to him yesterday and, since he is (a) stuck at home and (b) laid up with a bad ankle (cellulitis, luckily nothing worse) it’s a good time.
    The ONLY other person I know who has written well on this is my old friend Paul Gilroy. Re: America’s digital hegemony, he’s more interested in the massive exportation of American cultural templates (most specifically, templates relating to black identities). Also the export of an American pathology: creating, extrapolating and circulating a whole romance of suffering. I am sure you would enjoy the public conversation he had when he won the Holberg Prize last year; I thought it was better than his speech! It’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEK1g_EJqas
    I especially liked the part towards the end where he’s talking about Primo Levi and says “If people like Primo Levi and Frederick Douglass can emerge from their sufferings and experiences they had with hope and love then we’re obliged to do that too.” He is Director of UCL’s Centre of the Study of Race and Racism (created for him to run it).
    Much love, Cynthia
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  2. As ever, Primo Levi and Frederick Douglass have wise advice that we shoud all heed. It’s no bad thing to be dependent on Digitalisation – consider all the benefits.

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