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Organized by the Digital Emotions research group (ASCA) | University Library, Potgieterzaal, Amsterdam | Contact: (no registration required)

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Date 17 June 2019
Time 15:00

On Monday the 17th of June (15:00), ASCA’s Digital Emotions research group organizes a book presentation by renowned media theorist Geert Lovink. Please find a description of the book he will be presenting, ‘Sad By Design: On Platform Nihilism,’ below:

Melancholy has always been with us. Nowadays, though, it’s a design problem—its highs and lows coded into the social media platforms on which we spend so much of our lives. We click, we scroll; we swipe, we like. And after it all, we wonder where the time went, and what, other than a flat and empty feeling, we got for it.

Sad by Design offers a critical analysis of our social media environment and what it’s doing to us. Geert Lovink analyzes the problems of toxic viral memes, online addiction, and the lure of fake news. He shows how attempts to design sites to solve these problems have, in their studied efforts to be apolitical, been unable to generate either a serious critique or legitimate alternatives. But there is an answer: Lovink calls for us to acknowledge the engineered intimacy of these sites—because boredom, he argues, is the first stage of overcoming “platform nihilism,” which can free us to organize to stop the data harvesting industries that run them.

Geert Lovink is the director of the Institute of Network Cultures and a professor of Media Theory at the European Graduate School. His publications include Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media (2012), Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture (2007), and Social Media Abyss: Critical Internet Cultures and the Force of Negation (2016).