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Going Feral on the Net

Going Feral on the Net: the Qualities of Survival in a Wild, Wired World
Matthew Battles, Managing Editor and Curatorial Practice Fellow at metaLAB (at) Harvard

How do we balance the empowering possibilities of the networked public sphere with the dark, unsettling, and even dangerous energies of cyberspace? Matthew Battles blends a deep-historical perspective on the internet with storytelling that reaches into its weird, uncanny depths. It’s a hybrid approach, reflecting the web’s way of landing us in a feral state—the predicament of a domestic creature forced to live by its imperfectly-rekindled instincts in a world where it is never entirely at home. The feral is a metaphor—and maybe more than just a metaphor—for thriving in cyberspace, a habitat that changes too rapidly for anyone truly to be native. This talk will weave critical and reflective discussion of online experience with a short story from Battles’ new collection, The Sovereignties of Invention.

About Matthew

Matthew Battles is program fellow with metaLAB (at) Harvard, an academic and creative collaborative devoted to the exploration of technology in  the arts and humanities, hosted by the Berkman Center. He writes about  the historical, aesthetic, and cultural dimensions of cyberspace for  such publications as The Boston Globe and The Atlantic Monthly. He spent eight years as a scholarly editor at Harvard’s Houghton Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; as cofounder of the blog HiLobrow.com he  has helped generate innovative literary publishing projects in print and online. The author of Library: an Unquiet History (Norton 2004), his  forthcoming books include Letter by Letter (W. W. Norton), a sentimental and natural history of writing, and a short story collection, The  Sovereignties of Invention (Red Lemonade).

15 May 15 at 12:30 PM

Berkman  Center
23 Everett Street
Second floor

RSVP  required for those attending in person

This event will be webcast live  at 12:30 pm ET and archived on Harvard’s site shortly after.

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