To Be Is to Be Updated: Somehow This Is Caring by Wendy Chun & Brian Droitcour

“The following conversation was recorded at To Be Is to Be Updated on February 12, 2016. Chun spoke about her book Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media and argued that our technologies matter most not when they are new but when they have become obsolete—when they have moved from the bleeding edge to the realm of the everyday, when our use of them has become habitual. In the book, Chun asserts that habits are automatic—they “remain by disappearing from consciousness”—but also voluntary and even creative: we are constantly encouraged to seek better habits, better patterns. Habits make us like our peers, demarcating social class; they are also deeply personal. Chun explores how the slow, “creepy” accretion of habits—both conscious and unconscious—relate to distinctions between public and private, memory and storage, individual actions and social systems.”
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