About Aisling Kelliher

I am an associate professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.

Items to consider for Cynthia Selin discussion

Cynthia Selin will be joining us tomorrow at 2.30pm. We will discuss the assigned readings in addition to opening the floor to consideration of the following:
1) how can design fiction “support public dialogue about emerging technologies”?
2) which methodological features of mediated scenarios are most important to consider?

See you in the School of Design graduate studio at 1.30.


Anonymous and the Craftiness of Craft and the Trickiness of Trickery

Anonymous and the Craftiness of Craft and the Trickiness of Trickery
Gabriella Coleman
Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University

Since 2010, digital direct action, including leaks, hacking and mass protest, has become a regular feature of political life on the Internet. This lecture considers the source, strengths and weakness of this activity through an in-depth analysis of Anonymous, the protest ensemble that has been adept at magnifying issues, boosting existing — usually oppositional — movements and converting amorphous discontent into a tangible form. It has been remarkably effective, despite lacking the human and financial resources to engage in long-term strategic thinking or planning. Anonymous has neither the steady income nor the fiscal sponsorship to support a dedicated team tasked with recruiting individuals, coordinating activities and developing sophisticated software. Wherein, therefore, lies the power of Anonymous?
Monday, March 24; 4:30 PM
Porter Hall 100

Considering “Who Owns History?” by Eric Foner

Reading the text suggested by guest lecturer Joshua Reiman brought to mind a couple of recent events and a special test that might be useful to consider:

Censoring Art and History“, by Scott Jaschik, March 3, 2014, Inside Higher Ed.

Spike Lee on gentrification

100 questions and answers for the US naturalization test:”Learn about the United States” official booklet