Exploring the Digital Dead End
WORD (126 Franklin St., Brooklyn)
The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through boom and bust. Today we are told that broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families. Join Eubanks for a reading and a discussion of how we can ensure that technology serves social justice.