Life after COVID has produced much new terminology such as “doom scrolling” which describes the way that life is lived now--interacting with the same digital screens we’ve been using for decades, but with a new set of feelings: bafflement, confusion, frustration, anger. The Digital Inequality Dispatch is a new series of short, up to the minute writing on digital culture and infrastructure by members of the DSI community that offers an alternative to the doom scroll.
As academics at a public university our mission is to bring research and insight to bear on the most salient issues in digital culture, to build deep context for hot takes, and to provide the longer view. Who is helped and who is harmed when the digital makes new moves post COVID? When has this happened before, and to whom? How do identities like race, class, gender, and sexuality figure into these arrangements? Who is excluded and who is included? And where might we be headed?
The Digital Studies Institute was founded in 2020 to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to digital history, politics, identity, and theory. Please continue to check this space as members of our community add their scholarly thinking to these and other questions.
Director, Digital Studies Institute