“Tap My Head and Mike My Brain: Neuromarketing and Addiction” Talk at Central Saint Martins in early Nov

Very pleased to confirm that I’ll be speaking at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London) in early November (date tbc) at a special public symposium to discuss a new book called Are We All Addicts Now?  (Liverpool University Press, Sept 2017). The book is co-edited by Vanessa Bartlett and Henrietta Bowden-Jones and designed by Stëfan Schäfer and it sounds wonderful (chiming very well with themes discussed in my latest book, The Assemblage Brain). For example, the work looks at emergent pathologies such as internet addiction as “symptomatic” of a “new human environment.”

As well as contextualizing “internet addiction” Are We All Addicts Now? is “part art book, part quasi self-help manual,” It encourages self-reflection, but is explicitly “not therapy.” 🙂

There’s also going to be an exhibit and launch at Furtherfield Gallery in London in September.

My talk will probably be titled “Tap My Head and Mike My Brain: Neuromarketing and Addiction” – the title of my short chapter in the book and a title borrowed from Jussi Parikka’s reference to Pynchon in his blurb for The Assemblage Brain.

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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