Laine Nooney Artist Talk

Image of Laine Nooney staring off into the distance.

Please join us in Room 410 on April 10th, from 2 - 3 p.m. for a talk by Laine Nooney.

This event will take place via Zoom:

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Title: Prehistories of Personal Computing

Summary: While we may think of "personal computing" as a self-evident technological development, this talk offers an abbreviated history of 20th century computing focused on providing context for how the technological reality, economic form, and cultural category of personal computing emerged. Covering developments in data processing and interaction, miniaturization, concepts of computer ownership, and profit motives, this talk analyzes historical shifts of the 1960s and 70s to understand how they contributed to personal computing's conditions of possibility.

Bio: Laine Nooney is an Assistant Professor of Media and Information Industries in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she specializes in the history of American personal computing and computer gaming. She’s been featured in popular venues such as The AtlanticThe Internet History Podcast, The Next Billion SecondsNPR, and Gizmodo, and has spoken about the past, present, and future of the game industry at forums like Indiecade, GDC, and the WEF. She is a founding editor of ROMchip, the first open access, scholarly journal of video game history, and organizes the leading annual conference for historians of computing as part of her work with the Special Interest Group in Computing, Information, and Society (SIGCIS).