New Media Talk Series #16 | Hossein Derakhshan

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New Media Talk Serie #16 |
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 – 6 pm
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The Web, as envisaged by its inventors, is founded on the idea Hyperlink. Derived from the notion of hypertext in literary theory, hyperlink is a relation rather than an object. It is a system of connections that connects distant pieces of text, resulting in a non-linear, open, active, and diverse space we call the world wide web.
But in the past few years, and with the rise of closed social networks, the hyperlink and thereby the web are in serious decline. Most social networks have created a closed, linear, sequential, passive, and homogenous space where users are encouraged to stay in all the time — a space that is more like television.
The web was imagined as an intellectual project that promoted knowledge, debate, and tolerance; as something I call books-internet. Now it has become more about entertainment and commerce; I call this tv-internet. (This is extensively articulated in ‘The Web We Have to Save’ published in July 2015 by Matter magazine.)
Hossein Derakhshan is going to open up these questions and share his fears and hopes in a public talk at the New Media Society in Tehran this Saturday evening.
His talk will launch our new project, Link-age. We’re hoping this will spark a rigorous debate among artists and thinkers about the state of the internet today.
Link-age is an open, collective multi-media art project, aiming at exploring the state of the internet today and the discursive shift it is going through. It looks into what is lost, what is gained, and what it is becoming — with an invitation to revive the hyperlink and thereby the web.

We at the Tehran’s New Media Society welcome all sorts of proposals from all around the world. We also look for sponsors who could help us reach larger audiences.
Hossein Derakhshan (@h0d3r) is a Tehran-based author. He writes at