Hoyt’s presentation will start from a single, provocative question regarding
our modern, fragmented online publics: If streets, sidewalks and pathways are
understood as fundamentally constitutive of a city’s identity and sense of
community because they shape the points of contact, and the nature of such
contact, then what does it mean that the algorithmic architecture of virtual
life is not only visible to us but protected from public consumption by
corporate intellectual property law?
In moving toward an answer, Professor Hoyt
will apply the dynamics of democratic cities to the algorithmic constructions
of web culture in order to identify a series of algorithmic commitments that
may guide virtual citizens to enact more reasonable, democratic forms of public
Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m.
Wycoff Auditorium, Seattle University Campus
901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA