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Theorizing the Web 2016

  • Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Avenue Long Island City, NY, 11101 United States (map)

Stories are one of our first technologies. They are a means of collective memory storage that propel ideas forward in time and outward to new communities. Stories not only tell us what has been, they also help us imagine what could be. On the web, the scope of that collective memory increases and the relationships among stories, their tellers, and audiences are redefined. A complex social life plays out on our little screens, refracting and feeding into the stories told on the big screen. How will compelling, timeless narratives be told through timelines, threads, and selfies, and videos? Are algorithms already our best authors and editors? Rather than focus solely on perennial questions about the always imminent death of media forms and institutions, this panel explores how the web changes the stories we tell and how we tell them. Alexandra KleemanAles KotLaurie PennyJenna Wortham & Natasha Lennard. Moderated by David A. Banks

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