Teaching and Technology Conference

"Domains in the Afterglow Or, What We Can Learn from Geocities about Digital Identity" - Jim Groom

The motto of the recent 2014 media art confernece transmedial was "afterglow" which, according to the organizers, "symbolises the current state of digital culture – somewhere between trash and treasure, between high-tech brilliance and electronic junk – a culture of big-data firms and surveillance systems, where the digital revolution of yesterday has yielded media technologies that are rapidly consumed and discarded." This talk will examine the state of the afterglow through the lens of an ongoing digital art project, One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age, that focuses on the web's first major build-your-own-site community hub: the now defunct Geocities. What can internet kipple from twenty years ago tell us about the current state of publishing, community, and identity on the web? What's more, how can it convince you to reclaim your domain?

Jim Groom is the director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.