​傳播沙龍:Meaningful Inefficiencies: Democracy and Public Value in the Smart City

  • 2017-10-04
  • 林 羿彣

日期: 2017/10/18 (三)
時間:12:30-14:00 (中午12:10即可入場,歡迎自備午餐,入場聽講)
講者姓名:Eric Gordon
講座現職:Professor of Media Art at Emerson College 

Industrialized cities around the world are increasingly eager to incorporate digital infrastructure, including sensors, kiosks, and data repositories, to create more efficient services and processes. Typically, these efforts are characterized as "smart cities” and they are enjoying substantial enthusiasm from the public and private sectors. But as with other rapid city building efforts, the characterization of the smart city often lacks sufficient public input, leading to value propositions that do not represent the voices of poor and underrepresented communities. In this talk, Professor Gordon, building on his work in game studies, provides a critique of the technophilic drive of the smart city that leads to a single-minded focus on efficiency, and argues for an alternative value proposition that incorporates dialogue, encounter and community-building as meaningfully inefficient values that need to be designed into our immediate digital futures. 

Professor Eric Gordon is a professor of media arts at Emerson College and the executive director of the Engagement Lab. His research focuses broadly on democratic process and participation in digital culture, with a particular interest in understanding how play and games can enhance civic engagement.  He has been an expert advisor to development organizations and NGOs around the world, and municipal governments in the United States. He is committed to participatory research and design, where outcomes have clear and direct benefit to communities.