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Digital Lethargy: Book Talk with Tung-Hui Hu

October 21, 2022 | 12:00 pm1:30 pm EDT

The listlessness experienced under digital capitalism, explored through works by contemporary artists, writers, and performers.

Poet and digital media scholar Tung-Hui Hu discusses his latest release Digital Lethargy: Dispatches from an Age of Disconnection. Hu describes digital lethargy as the exhaustion, disappointment, and listlessness experienced under digital capitalism. This condition, Hu argues, permeates our lives under digital capitalism, whether we are “users,” who are what they click, or racialized workers in Asia and the Global South. Far from being a state of apathy, however, lethargy may hold the potential for social change.

Digital Lethargy: Dispatches from an Age of Disconnection by Tung-Hui Hu. Published October 4, 2022 by MIT Press


Tung-Hui Hu, Associate Professor of English, University of Michigan

Genevieve Yue, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media, The New School

moderated by Leif Weatherby, Associate Professsor of German, NYU