How do technology and media impact modern life? Keynote speaker Steven Berlin Johnson, an award-winning writer who examines the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience, will address the ASTC Annual Conference on Saturday, October 18 in Philadelphia. Working in print and online media, Johnson has both examined and experimented with ways that communities of many kinds organize themselves and create new forms of social engagement.
Johnson is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Department of Journalism and the co-creator of three web sites. While writing 1997’s Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate, he launched the pioneering Web magazine Feed. Johnson’s research for the 2001 Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software inspired the Webby Award–winning community site Plastic.com, where users discuss politics, pop culture, and technology. His most recent book, The Ghost Map, examines the 1854 London cholera epidemic as a case study in how scientific and social change occurs. Insights arising from The Ghost Map led him to collaborate on outside.in, a new site that gathers online conversations and information about U.S. communities into one place by Zip codes.
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