Decoding the Digital Poster

Decoding the Digital

Technology, New Media and a Culture Consumed?

University of Rochester, September 12-14, 2013

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Digital media have become a cultural bond, suturing together vastly disparate aspects of everyday life, from the economy to entertainment and from health care to artistic expression. Digital technologies provide access to enormous banks of knowledge, and at the same time they allow us to evade many of the social structures and controls that had guarded—for better or for worse—such knowledge in the past. Digital technologies also allow us to visualize and experience times and places not our own, and they allow us to imagine new and different ways of being human.

And yet, with the tremendous freedoms these technologies afford us come awesome responsibilities. How—and indeed should—we regulate access to information? Should everything be transcoded into digital formats? Are the ways we think our fundamental identities, through such characteristics as race and gender, adversely affected by pervasive digital representations?

This three-day conference at the University of Rochester will examine digital technologies across our culture, exploring the exciting new possibilities such technologies can bring and the consequences—sometimes unexpected—that can accompany them.

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Hotel Information
The Staybridge Suites Hotel is a 5-minute drive from the airport and a 5-minute walk to the University of Rochester campus, where all conference events will take place. Studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, each equipped with queen beds, microwaves, stove tops, dishwasher, and full-sized refrigerators are available at $114, 129, and $199 respectively. There is a free full breakfast buffet available daily, and free wireless internet.

Travel to Rochester
Most major airlines serve the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). Rochester is also accessible by Amtrak and bus.

The City of Rochester and the surrounding region offer numerous points of cultural, historical, scientific, and scenic interest.

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