Wonderfully Creepy

“New media are so powerful because they mess with the distinction between publicity and privacy, gossip and political speech, surveillance and entertainment, intimacy and work, hype and reality. New media are wonderfully creepy. They are endlessly fascinating yet boring, addictive yet revolting, banal yet revolutionary.”

These dichotomies, described in the introduction of Updating to Remain the Same by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, inspired my project, Wonderfully Creepy: Notes From Two Star-Crossed Corners of the Internet. The project is a collection of essays and artworks in conversation with Chun’s analysis of new media.

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Advisor: Anther Kiley

“Has the Internet destroyed the world or made it a better place? Does it foster democracy or total surveillance? Community or isolation? Information or pornography? Well-adjusted citizens or homicidal psychopaths? These questions have been posed and answered over and over again. And they will continue to be so, unless we change our perspective and realize-at the very least-that the Internet is not just one thing.”

— Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

“So, rather than endless debate over whether the Internet is good or bad, this book asks: Why does the Internet evoke such contradictory passions?”

— Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Los Angeles, Calif.