You can now watch Fred Turner’s standing-room only lecture “Cold War Multimedia: The Democratic Surround” from November 13th, 2014 online! This fascinating talk had guests spilling outdoors as they learned how in the face of rising fascism in Europe the government deliberately set out to create out a “democratic persona” through multimedia art. Turner traces the government’s attempts at building this new American democratic personality and its effects through to the present day. The question and answer session following the talk featured a range of critical responses to Turner’s work, directly taking up the role of new media — and in particular our increasing social media presence — today.
We hope you will be able to join us for the next History and Theory of New Media Lecture on February 19th, 2014 at 5pm with Elizabeth Freeman discussing “Intermedia Dance” in the Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall.