The Register Lecture: Platform wars and the enemy in geek and hacker culture
Geeks have often enjoyed a fractious relationship with non-techies, but nowhere near as toxic as their relationships with other geeks who dare to have slightly different tech preferences. On October 17, Brian Alleyne, of the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, will join us to discuss how geek and hacker culture has always tended to fracture along techno-tribal lines. In this Register Lecture, Brian will track the heated exchanges and techno-tribal conflicts that reach back to the earliest days of personal computing, through console game flamewars, Mac vs. PC, Android vs. IOS, and the ongoing Linux vs. everything else. He will also show how these platform war stories construct the “self” and the “enemy” and how these stories display features of ‘schismogenesis’ – in this case a process of mutually reinforcing amplification of minor differences into major divides. He will discuss arguments over platform switching to Linux and Apple's Mac OS – and show how both mindshare and market share are constructed and debated by plotting numbers as well as stories. This all takes place at the Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road, London on October 17. The doors will be open from 6.30pm, with the talk proper kicking off at 7pm. And yes, there’ll be refreshments, both liquid and solid, on hand. As with all Register Lectures, after the talk we’ll break for a drink and a bite, before opening the floor to questions, giving you the opportunity to discuss exactly why it is that techies reserve their greatest ire for people who to all intents and purposes are just like them. We hope you'll join us for what will be an illuminating, stimulating and hopefully not particularly fractious evening.
starting on 2017-10-17 18:30:00
2 Theobalds Road
WC1X 8PN City of London