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Book Talk with the Author: “Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users” by D. Travers Scott

Date & Time:
16:00 - 17:30,
Thursday 4 October, 2018


About the Talk

D. Travers Scott will present his new book “Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users”.

About the Book

Pathology & Technology is the first comprehensive look at “technopathologies.” Since the days of the telegraph, electric communication technologies have been associated with causing or worsening mental and physical illnesses. Today, news reports warn of Pokémon Go deaths and women made vulnerable to sexual assault from wearing headphones. Drawing on an archive of hundreds of cases found across news, entertainment, and other sources over 150 years, this book investigates the intersection of technology and disease through original cultural historiography, focus groups, and discourse analysis, documenting a previously unexplored phenomenon in communication and media. Technopathologies occur with new and old media, the book argues, and are ultimately about people—not machines. They help de- fine users as normal or abnormal, in ways that often align with existing social stereotypes. Courses on technological history, medical humanities, science and technology studies, and medical history will find much here to debate, in a style written to appeal to scholarly as well as popular readers.

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  • Name: D. Travers Scott
  • Affiliation: Clemson University, South Carolina
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  • Bio: D. Travers Scott is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Clemson University, South Carolina. He holds a PhD in communication from Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also author of three books of fiction.