Mistakes Were Made: Computer History, Decompiled was a day-long event held April 17, 2015 in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU.
This video features our third set of speakers, Stacy Horn & Joy Rankin, with moderated conversation by Finn Brunton.
Mistakes Were Made was designed and produced by Laine Nooney, and hosted in collaboration with Program Series. The event was made possible by the contributions of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, and Information Futures.
Event Description: It’s an old adage that journalists write the first draft of history, and historians compose the second. But what happens after that? “Mistakes Were Made” proposes that getting history wrong is the inevitable precondition of historical research, as each generation of writers explores that gaps and ghosts left by the previous. Turning these insights on the swiftly obsolescing world of computer history, this event gathers emerging scholars challenging traditional technology narratives, and pairs them with creative coders, new media artists, tech innovators, and other members of computer culture’s past and present “fringe.”