Lunchtime Talk
Fri 19 May 2017 14:00-15:00 at Pervasive Media Studio

What happens when crucial information has to compete with pictures of cats?

In this talk Marcus talks of his journey to understand how people encounter new information online and his new platform 'Smartest' to make that process more user friendly.

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Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Media maker, author and digital cultures researcher

What’s happening in the world, and why do we seem to be making so many strange choices? Information has widely been agreed to have a crucial role in how society works, and journalists have long held that the citizens of any democracy have a “right to know.” But what happens when this crucial information has to compete with other media that are more enjoyable, such as entertainment or pictures of cats?

Marcus Gilroy-Ware has spent the last 11 years researching how information is encountered online, and has developed new platform, Smartest, to make that process more user-friendly. In this talk he talks of his journey to understand how people encounter new information online.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday.

Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do.

After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm.

Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to to book your place on a tour.

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