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Cory Doctorow and Randall Munroe

April 11, 2024

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Pound Hall; 101 Ballantine Classroom

Activist, author and journalist Cory Doctorow coined “enshittification,” the American Dialect Society’s 2023 Word of the Year, describing how platforms decay and why they’re all collapsing at once. In this conversation with Randall Munroe, creator of XKCD, Doctorow will present his theory of mass platform collapse and his latest novel, “The Bezzle,” a high-tech crime thriller about prison-tech and other unsavory frauds.

About the Speakers:

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is the author of many books, most recently THE BEZZLE (a followup to RED TEAM BLUES) and THE LOST CAUSE, a solarpunk science fiction novel of hope amidst the climate emergency. His most recent nonfiction book is THE INTERNET CON: HOW TO SEIZE THE MEANS OF COMPUTATION, a Big Tech disassembly manual. Other recent books include RED TEAM BLUES, a science fiction crime thriller; CHOKEPOINT CAPITALISM, nonfiction about monopoly and creative labor markets; the LITTLE BROTHER series for young adults; IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; and the picture book POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe is the author of the webcomic xkcd and the New York Times bestsellers What If?, What If? 2, Thing Explainer, and How To. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full time. The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid after him; that asteroid, 4942 Munroe, is large enough that it could cause a mass extinction if it were to hit Earth. He lives in Massachusetts.

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