You've got flight-shame, but what about smartphone-shame? Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

Is the information technology industry emerging as an increasing threat to the environment? We have invited Trine Syvertsen, professor of media and communication at UiO, to talk about reactions to toxic media, digital detox, and the 'slow media' movement.

distracted girl on bike using smartphone
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Within the humanities, the media are understood as harbingers of culture and content, but there is a growing interest in the side effects of constantly updating devices and technologies. The production and consumption of smartphones raise serious issues about the exploitation of natural resources, toxic waste, and energy use. Every time you upload a picture to Facebook or send a text message, a high energy-consuming data centre is involved. The so-called 'cloud' is not really a cloud; it is a very material structure with a large ecological footprint.

Trine Syvertsen is a professor at the Department of Media and Communication and chairs the project "Digitox: Invasive media, ambivalent users and digital detox" (funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2019-2023). The project studies movements and individuals who are ambivalent or negative to digital media and try to limit their engagement. While people retreat from media for different reasons, a concern for the environment and sustainability is becoming more prominent. Syvertsen will talk about digital detox as a reaction to toxic media and movements such as 'slow media' that are inspired by the ‘slow food’ and ‘slow city’-actions.

About the event

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Environment
Published Aug. 1, 2019 1:27 PM - Last modified Aug. 9, 2019 9:57 AM