Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture Alex Alben
Hazel Miller Conversations in the Humanities
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
Join presenter and conversation host Alex Alben in exploring the impact of technological change on our culture and our lives. Humanity’s rapid adoption of computers, the Internet, and mobile devices has transformed the way people communicate. This technical revolution has effectively split society into “analog” and “digital” cultures – one rooted in books and built on face-to-face contact, the other riding the wings of a global computer network that provides news and entertainment at the click of a fingertip. Can old analog values survive in the new digital universe? Conversation, led by technology expert Alex Alben, explores how digital inventions are shaping communication, political discourse and today’s media landscape.
For nearly two decades, Alex Alben has played a leadership role in companies that pioneered the field of digital media, including Starwave and Realnetworks. Alben’s career began as a researcher for Walter Cronkite at CBS Evening News in New York during the 1980 presidential election and later for Mike Wallace at CBS Reports. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, his current work centers on applying intellectual property law for traditional media products – i.e., movies, music and books – to new products for digital distribution. He is the author of Our Man in Mongoa, a novel, and Analog Days – How Technology Rewrote Our Future. Alben currently lives in Seattle.