Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture. Those of us born before 1980 increasingly cannot recognize the world around us. Our rapid adoption of computers, the Internet and mobile devices has transformed the way we communicate. This technical revolution has had profound social effects, splitting our society into “analog” and “digital” cultures. We now struggle to live simultaneously in two cultures – one that hews to a world rooted in books and personal social contacts, the other oriented toward a vast global computer network that sends us news and entertainment at the click of a fingertip. Can old analog values survive in this new digital universe? Our 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, Inc. In 2004, he ran for U.S. Congress from Washington’s 8th District. Alben’s career began as a researcher for Walter Cronkite at CBS 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.
Grant program of Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.