[ISEA2012] Keynote: Rick Prelinger – Accelerating Networks, Broken Networks


Rick Prelinger, keynote speaker for the Power: Gridlocked theme, is an archivist, writer, filmmaker and outsider librarian. He speaks about our dependency on the networks that connect us. He says “The networks offering power, water, mobility, commodities and communication have turned into a drunken spiderweb full of broken connections. All of us depend on networks that are growing unreliable. Identifying the utopian kernel that once resonated in our minds as these networks accelerated, is a starting place for examining nodes in emergent networks and our connectivity.”

  • Rick Prelinger, USA, is an archivist, professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writer and filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years’ operation. [source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Prelinger]