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March 30th, 2017 : The Royal Geographical Society, London

Aleks Krotoski

Broadcaster, Journalist & Social Psychologist

Time: 9:55 - 10:20

The tales, they are a'changing

Aleks Krotoski is a broadcaster, journalist and social psychologist who writes about technology and interactivity. She lives between London and California.

From 1999 to 2001 she co-presented Channel 4's late evening video gaming review show, Bits.

In September 2006 she was named one of the games industry's 100 most influential women by and in November 2006 she was named one of the "Top Ten Girl Geeks" by CNET, two spots behind fictional character Lisa Simpson. In February 2010, she presented The Virtual Revolution for BBC Two. This TV documentary series was described by the BBC as charting "two decades of profound change since the invention of the World Wide Web, weighing up the huge benefits and the unforeseen downsides."

As of November 2010, she was Researcher in Residence at the British Library and curator of the Growing Knowledge digital exhibition at the library, and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.

Since 2011, she has presented the BBC Radio 4 series Digital Human, which examines the relationship between human behaviour and the use of the World Wide Web.

Session Overview

The tales, they are a'changing

Dr. Aleks Krotoski takes us through two millennia of stories - from Christianity to Sherlock Holmes to the Marvel Universe to Star Trek and Harry Potter - and explains why the morals they preach are obsolete. Aleks looks at how stories establish groups and keep their members in line, but argues that the era of participation is ending the era of the top-down moral tale.