Friday Noon Lecture Series, Spring 1994
Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks


Surfing History, Hacking Metaphor:
Two or three ways to know yourself in Cyberspace

Pam Rosenthal
Programmer and Author

What kinds of hidden stories do we tell ourselves while we're doing other, more explicitly understood, tasks at our computers? What we think about computers is not random, but embedded within an implicit narrative or a contending set of narratives, complete with their own syntax. Computers answer centuries of human desire to harness knowledge in the pursuit of power. So it's not surprising that their hidden stories take their shapes from a wide variety of sources--from cyberpunk to medieval allegory. And they can be discussed from a wide variety of critical stances--from Derrida on language to Marx on material production.

In this talk, Ms. Rosenthal drew upon her experience as a programmer, her interest in post-industrial political economy, and her conviction that we use literary and linguistic tools and practices to shape and describe many modes of experience that are not "literary" at all.

Pam Rosenthal has been a computer programmer for 14 years. As a way of understanding the personal and social dislocations implicit in electronically-meditated work, she writes and speaks about cyberpunk, cyberspace, and automated work. She has been an editor of the journal Socialist Review, where much of her work on these subjects has appeared.

Friday March 25
145 Dwinelle
12:10-1:00

co-sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Journalism

Click here to see a transcript of Ms. Rosenthal's talk

Information on where to get a videotaped copy of this lecture.
VIDEO CALL NUMBER = Lis 296A v/c 17


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