February 12, 2021 (10:00AM CST USA)
"Technobiophilia: Nature in the Digital"
Digital nature used to be frowned upon, but the pandemic has shown that experiences of nature via a screen can play an important role in stress reduction. My 2013 book 'Technobiophilia' explored the reasons behind this apparently contradictory effect. 'Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age' (2017) is a simplified practical guide on how to use this awareness to improve our own tech/nature balance.
Sue Thomas is a writer and a Visiting Fellow in The Media School at Bournemouth University. Her books include ‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age (2017), a practical guide to digital wellbeing; ‘Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace’ (2013), a study of the impact of the natural world on digital culture; ‘Hello World: travels in virtuality’ (2004), a travelogue/memoir of life online, and ‘Correspondence’ (1992), short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. From 2005-2013 she was Professor of New Media in the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University where she researched biophilia, social media, transliteracy, and future foresight. She lives in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, where she writes about life, nature and technology.
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