BIO: I am a User Experience and Interaction Designer, researcher, interactive story teller, bad joke collector, and ridiculous pie baker. I was born in New Orleans and I am currently based in Brooklyn (and occasionally, I live in airports). Prior to graduate school, I worked in the creative world as a photographer for Harper's Bazaar Russia, Refinery 29, Style.Com, and Hypbeast as well as a marketing coordinator. My entire professional career has been in digital culture, digital imaging, and digital branding.
Curator, writer, and researcher working at the intersection of culture, technology, design and futures. Currently work at the fantastic FutureEverything in Manchester, and hold a research position at futures research lab Changeist.
Joanne McNeil is a writer interested in the ways that technology is shaping art, politics, and society. She is currently working on a book. She writes about things like broken iPhones, virtual assistants in airports, the Chelsea Manning trial, and the future of novels. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Domus, Dissent, Frieze, The Baffler, Modern Painters, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Saturated Space, Dirty Furniture, The Boston Globe, n+1/Occupy Gazette, and other web and print publications. She is currently collaborating with Eyebeam on OurNet, developing student workshops on networks.
Eleanor Saitta works professionally as a computer security expert, but more generally she "looks at how systems break" - computer, social, infrastructural, legal, and more. She comes on the show today to share a unique perspective on surveillance / security culture that we have found ourselves enmeshed in. Don't miss this one (or part 2!).
Douglas Rushkoff is an American media theorist, writer, graphic novelist, documentarian, and more. With his (now) nostalgic book Cyberia and various columns, he was one of the few journalists to go deep into the early days of the internet and cyberpunk culture in the 90s. He comes on the show mostly to discuss the ideas in his newest book Present Shock. The gang refer to this episode and Douglas' work pretty regularly in other episodes, and for good reason!
This is one of our most popular and referred shows (and for good reason!). Alexander Bard is a Swedish Internet Philosopher and Sociologist. He also is a record producer, songwriter, and a religious and political activist. This episode is a Mindful Cyborg's wet dream -- are you a Netocrat? Consumtariat? Is Attenionalism beating capitalism? Zoroastrianism? A seriously fun mind-expanding romp with one of the internet's wildest prophets.
Nathan Jurgenson is a social media theorist, researcher at Snapchat, contributing editor at The New Inquiry, co-founder of the Theorizing the Web conference, and a pHD student at the University of Maryland. This show is brought up in subsequent episodes more often than any other one, and for good reason. Digital dualism, the state of connection in a digital world, and much more make this a classic Mindful Cyborgs episode.