The economic media group looks at the interplay among economics, media, and information technology. While much of the current excitement about cryptocurrencies is making finance more democratic by "decentralizing finance," this usually means redistributing the profits of centralized institutions (e.g., banks) to the public. However, these proposals presuppose the maximization of monetary value, which often clashes with other qualitative values such as environmental well-being. How can we create holding environments that nurture alternative qualitative values before they are caught up in monetary quantization? The economic media group investigates the social implications of the new information and media technologies through a reframing of issues around affect, volatility, risk, resonance, and uncertainty.
Professor of Humanities and Media Studies and Critical and Visual Studies
Center for Transcultural Studies
Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy
The New School for Social Research