Rizosfera :: Neuro-paesaggi digitali. Intervista a Tony D Sampson (Rizonomia, RZN002)

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Introduzione
di Rizosfera
Tony D. Sampson è un docente della University of East Lon-don che si occupa di new media, filosofia e cultura digitale. Lavora da sempre su un impervio crocevia non convenzionale dove l’analisi politica non si discosta mai dall’analisi teorica del mondo digitale, dai comportamenti sociali e dalla critica degli eventi che in questi anni hanno sistematicamente connotato la nostra società. Scrivendo su argomenti quali virus e la viralità della comunicazione, il contagio e l’imitazione comportamen-tale, il cervello e la neurocultura, cioè su quei segmenti alta-mente sensibili della nostra società nata dal connubio accelera-to tra tecnologia e ideologia dei mercati manipolati dal valore e dal profitto, Tony D. Sampson riesce a cogliere con largo an-ticipo e con estrema lungimiranza alcuni dei temi dello scontro in atto tra controllo, tecnologia, società, e libertà individuali e di gruppo. Questo fa di lui, oltre che un brillante teorico dei nuovi media e della cultura digitale, un grande pensatore poli-tico. Per questo motivo, l’esigenza di scandagliare con lui il suo ultimo libro ‘The Assemblage Brain’ (Minnesota Press, 2017) è urgente per capire quali sfide si aprono dinnanzi a noi nel prossimo futuro.

 

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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