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Software, Rhetoric, and Hospitality: Guest Lecture by Dr. James Brown, Jr. (Rutgers-Camden)

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Select-Start is excited to host Dr. Jim Brown for a guest lecture on October 29, from 3-4:30 PM in the Pane Room of Alexander Library. Brown will be discussing his new book Ethical Programs (U. of Michigan Press) available in free digital edition from the publisher.

Book description:

Living in a networked world means never really getting to decide in any thoroughgoing way who or what enters your “space” (your laptop, your iPhone, your thermostat . . . your home). With this as a basic frame-of-reference, James J. Brown’s Ethical Programs examines and explores the rhetorical potential and problems of a hospitality ethos suited to a new era of hosts and guests. Brown reads a range of computational strategies and actors including the general principles underwriting the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), which determines how packets of information can travel through the internet, to the Obama election campaign’s use of the power of protocols to reach voters, harvest their data, incentivize and, ultimately, shape their participation in the campaign. In demonstrating the kind of rhetorical spaces networked software establishes and the access it permits, prevents, and molds, Brown makes a major contribution to the emergent discourse of software studies as a major component of efforts in broad fields including media studies, rhetorical studies, and cultural studies.

James J. Brown is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University–Camden. His teaching and research focus on rhetoric, writing, new media, and software studies.


Join Select Start in celebrating The Day of the Battle of Puebla this Tuesday, May 5. Flyer by Frank Bridges.

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This will be the last Select Start event of spring 2015. Meet in Huntington House at 7:30PM for refreshments, dice games, and a discussion about gaming in pre-Columbian Mexico. The event will begin with James Hodges’ presentation “Dice Night: a Journey Through Dice.”

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Our colleagues at the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center are launching their new project this Friday.

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On May 1, The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center will officially launch the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE). The R-CADE is a collection of hardware and software made available to scholars for research purposes. Unlike many archives, theR-CADE does not necessarily aim to preserve these artifacts, at least not in the traditional sense of this word. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts in the R-CADE as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance.

The May 1 launch event will focus on the GameBoy Camera, which was one of the earliest digital cameras on the market and which also allowed users to take pictures of themselves three years prior to the emergence of the term “selfie.” Scholars will convene to discuss the device’s historical and cultural significance and to share their own attempts to remake and repurpose the camera.

The event will include both a workshop and a panel discussion about the object, and both events are open to the public. During the workshop, Patrick LeMieux (Duke University) will lead participants in hacking and reconfiguring the GameBoy Camera. Workshop participants will construct their own GameBoy cartridges. During the afternoon panel discussion, a group of scholars will share their investigations into the GameBoy camera. That panel discussion will feature: Elizabeth Demaray (Associate Professor of Fine Art, Rutgers-Camden), Meredith Bak (Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden), Paul Johnson (Uncommon Union/Rutgers-Camden), Grant Wythoff (Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University), and Patrick LeMieux (Ph.D. student in Media Arts+Sciences, Duke University).

The workshop will take place in the ModLab (Fine Arts 215) from 10:00am until 1:00pm, and the panel discussion will take place in Fine Arts 110 from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Both events are open to the public.