Open Word: Readings and Ideas, Nora Young
Reading 1: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Engineering/Computer Science (ECS) Building, Room 104
Reading 2 and interview by David Leach: February 5 at 7:30 p.m., Open Space
Open Space, in partnership with the University of Victoria Department of Writing, will host Nora Young as part of its literary series, Open Word: Readings and Ideas. She will read from her non-fiction book, The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us, at Open Space on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m.followed by an interview by local writer David Leach. Books, beer, and wine will be available for sale. Young will also read that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Victoria, Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 104.
Young explores the very real impact of the virtual information we generate about ourselves—on our own lives, our communities, and our government. We generate enormous amounts of online data about our habits: where we go, what we do, and how we feel. Some of that is stuff we choose to report; some of it is the offhand data trails we leave behind. The Virtual Self looks at the debates and challenges around virtual data-sharing—from Facebook status updates to Google Navigator— and its potential for building more responsive communities and governments. Young argues that if we wrestle now with issues like privacy and data control, we can harness the power of that data. Young has fascinating information at her disposal, unique insights into the intersection of the virtual and real worlds, and a wonderful voice for making all of these clear to a general audience. Accessible and entertaining, The Virtual Selftakes that personal, psychological reality of everything from email to status updates and teases out the increasingly bigger impacts on the real world around us of the virtual information we all generate.
“A book bursting with exciting and occasionally alarming ideas. The Virtual Self is a must read.” —Cathi Bond, Rabble.ca