Archive for November 8th, 2008

Gabriella Coleman at Columbia, November 13, 12-2pm

November 8, 2008

Columbia Communications Colloquium

Gabriella Coleman (NYU), Old and New Net Wars Over Free Speech

270B IAB noon – 2:00pm, Thursday November 13
Old and New Net Wars over Free Speech, Freedom and Secrecy or How to Understand the Hacker and Lulz battle against the C0$

In this talk I present a cultural history and political analysis of one of the oldest Internet wars, often referred to as “Internet vs Scientology,” which in recent times has witnessed a different incarnation in the form of “Project Chanology,” which is orchestrated by a group called Anonymous who has led a series of online attacks and real world protests against Scientology. I argue that to understand the significance of these battles and protests, we must examine how the two groups stand in a culturally antipodal relation to each other. Through this analysis of cultural inversion,  I will consider how long-standing liberal ideals take cultural root in the context of these battles, use these two cases to reveal important political transformations in Internet/hacker culture between the mid 1990s and today and finally will map the tension between pleasure/freedom (the “lulz”) and moral good (“free speech”) found among Anonymous in terms of of the tension between liberal freedom and romantic/Nietzschian freedom/pleasure.

Changing Media Landscape 2008, Columbia Journalism School, November 11, 6:30pm-9pm

November 8, 2008

Columbia J-school’s annual look at the media revolution, with several media influencers. This is a different kind of panel, with a real conversation among the participants and audience – with no Powerpoint in sight.

You can attend in person or see it online at (live or archived)

The Hearst Foundation, Columbia Journalism New Media Program and
Columbia J-school Alumni Association present…

Columbia-Hearst Journalism Dialogues

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
6:30-9 pm

Sewell Chan, blogger/bureau chief, New York Times “City Room” blog (coming from midtown)

David Cohn, J2008, founder,, a new crowdfunding investigative journalism project; winner of $300,000 Knight News Challenge grant (coming from San Francisco)

Adriano Farano, executive editor, – the first multilingual European current affairs online magazine (coming from Paris)

Erica Smith, news designer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and “Paper Cuts” blogger (coming from St. Louis)

Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief Slate Group – Slate, Slate V, The Root, and the Big Money (coming from downtown)

MODERATOR: Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008
6:30-7:00 pm – networking reception – drinks and light food
7-8:30 pm – discussion (also live webcast)
8:30-9 pm – reception and networking continue

No RSVP required. No charge. Open to the public.

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor – 116th St & Broadway
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