Tech promises to cure any ailment, whether an unwelcome feeling or a global pandemic. But what if tech itself is ill? And what is a cure, anyway?
Hannah Zeavin is a lecturer in the departments of English and history at UC Berkeley, a member of the Berkeley Center for New Media’s executive committee, and a faculty affiliate of the UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society. Her research focuses on the coordinated histories of technology and human relationships. Zeavin is the author of The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (MIT Press, 2021) and is at work on her second book, Mother’s Little Helpers: Technology in the American Family (forthcoming from MIT Press). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Logic Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Life, Slate, and beyond.