Sept 20: The Varieties of Authentic Experience

As a group, we’ll hammer out a working definition of authenticity and explore its edges.

Assigned reading:

1. Sherry Turkle, “Authenticity in the age of digital companions” from Interaction Studies journal (PDF below)

ST_Authenticity in age of digi comp

2. Tom McCarthy, Remainder (novel, purchase at bookstore)

Class assignment:

Be prepared to share and discuss three examples of objects/people/places/experiences whose authenticity is questionable or impossible to evaluate. In doing this, take note of the different ways you’re defining authenticity.

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