Ep. 114 Geert Lovink on “Sad by Design”

December 12, 2018

Playing for Team Human today: media activist and scholar Geert Lovink. Geert will be helping us see how an understanding of the political economy is not enough. We have to reacquaint ourselves with the experiential layer of our humanity and even reclaim our sadness to counter the stultifying effects of platform capitalism. Today, when our sources of information are intimately intertwined with our social lives, it’s not as simple as just “going offline.” How can we overcome the anti-human agendas embedded in our technology?

Today’s show reaches back to the origins of what became known as “tactical media” — using interactive media to promote the human agenda. Geert makes the case for reawakening this sensibility. You can learn more about Geert at networkedcultures.org and discover his forthcoming book Sad By Design: On Platform Nihilism.

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Happy holidays and we’ll see you on book tour and back on the podcast waves in January!

Music Credits: On this episode you heard Fugazi’s “Foreman’s Dog” in the intro, fading into a track from Team Human Episode 31 guest R.U. Sirius. Mid-show transition music thanks to Herkimer Diamonds and outro music thanks to the mighty Mike Watt: beak-holding-letter-man.

Photo of Geert: Guido van Nispen from amsterdam, the netherlands – 20101116 DDP Geert_Lovink Uploaded by huhbakker

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