The good folks over at Yoxi decided to interview me live on Twitter today mostly about my upcoming SXSW Interactive talk. Below is a transcription of the chat. I’ve edited it for chronology, continuity, and obvious text limitations, but overall it’s just as it appeared live.
Yoxi: Excited to have you as our 4th guest for #yoxichat. We’re stoked about your #SXSW panel!
Roy Christopher: Thank you! Glad to be here. I’m stoked on the #SXSW talk, too. Should be a hoot.
Y: Definitely! Speaking of #SXSW, what inspired your panel, Disconnecting the Dots: How Our Devices Are Divisive?
RC: In the midst of a book about technological mediation, I proposed this talk to #SXSW to work through some of those issues.
Y: Technological mediation, interesting! Tell us more about your research in that area!
RC: The book and talk are about all the ways we mediate our relationships with each other, our world, etc. through technology. Trying to develop a theory of technology that can account for new and old mediation alike.
Y: That’s great and truly relevant. Tech continues to consume our everyday lives.
RC: I’ve been exploring the land between thees lines for years, trying to assess it from the broadest possible perspective.
Y: If our “devices are divisive,” how do we find a balance in our digital lives?
RC: The same way we keep up with our lawns: sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. Technology is a part of our nature.
Y: Very true but if tech is part of our nature, how do we find a balance? Do you think people should just disconnect?
RC: Meta-attention is key: Assessing what one pays attention to and adjusting accordingly. Disconnection is not the answer.
Y: In terms of solutions, what advice do you have for teams in Yoxi’s Competition #2: Balance Your Digital Diet?
RC: I think “balance” is the wrong word. It’s more of a “tension,” and I think backing up and assessing it is the first step. Meta-attention and metacognition are not as widespread phenomena as they need to be. This is not elitism; it’s literacy.
Y: Thanks so much for joining us. Great thoughts. Hope everyone will check out your #SXSW panel. See you in Austin!
RC: Thank you for the time and attention. I appreciate it. See you in Austin in March!
Many thanks to Arielle and Randy at Yoxi for their interest and for setting this up.