DPLA West; The Information; Going Feral on the Net: the Qualities of Survival in a Wild, Wired World

April 25, 2012

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DPLA West

April 27, San Francisco, CA. This event will be webcast live.

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DPLA West—taking place on April 27, 2012 in San Francisco—is the second major public event bringing together librarians, technologists, creators, students, government leaders, and others interested in building a Digital Public Library of America. Convened by the DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and co-hosted by the San Francisco Public Library, the event will assemble a wide range of stakeholders in a broad, open forum to facilitate innovation, collaboration, and connections across the DPLA effort. DPLA West will also showcase the work of the interim technical development team and continue to provide opportunities for public participation in the work of the DPLA. Registration required. more information on the DPLA website>

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ROFLcon III

May 4-5, MIT

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The first Internet culture conference series devoted to discussing what makes memes work, why they work, and where its all going. Registration required more information on the ROFLcon website>

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The Information: James Gleick talks about his new book

Tuesday, May 8, 12:30pm ET, Harvard Law School, Venue TBA, Cambridge, MA. This event will be webcast live.

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James Gleick, author of The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, will discuss his new book. James Gleick is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Harvard and the author of a half-dozen books on science, technology, and culture. His latest bestseller, translated into 20 languages, is The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, which the NY Times called "ambitious, illuminating, and sexily theoretical." Whatever they meant by that. They also said "Don't make the mistake of reading it quickly." RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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Going Feral on the Net: the Qualities of Survival in a Wild, Wired World

Tuesday, May 15, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, Cambridge, MA. This event will be webcast live.

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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. Matthew Battles is program fellow with metaLAB (at) Harvard, an academic and creative collaborative devoted to the explora tion of technology in the arts and humanities, hosted by the Berkman Center. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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RB 198: The Community Supported Musician (Rethinking Music VIII)

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Is there room in the music industry for middle-class musicians? Friend of the show Nancy Baym brought together three career performer/songwriters who all stumbled on the same analogy for how musicians can “make it” in the digital age: that of Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). Kristin Hersh, Zoe Keating, and Erin McKeown discuss what models have worked for them, and the unorthodox ways they’ve learned to make a living as artists. video/audio on our website>

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RB 199: Be Great. Go Viral. (Rethinking Music IX)

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Dave Herlihy currently teaches music industry classes at Northeastern University and operates his own practice specializing in entertainment law, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, licensing, and new media. But twenty-five years ago he was the lead singer of O Positive, a Boston-area band poised on the brink of a major label record deal. Friend of the show, Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, and lecturer at Harvard Law School Chris Bavitz interviewed Dave about his band’s trajectory from being the “best band in the basement” to appearing on the Billboard charts (and what came after). video/audio on our website>

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Last updated April 25, 2012