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Karen by Blast Theory: Leaking Privacy

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Blast Theory’s piece Karen (2015) is here to help you sort your life: Karen is a life coach you can download as an app. But your frequent one-to-one sessions over a period of 9 days soon take an unexpected turn, as Karen appears to be psychologically volatile, confused, and disrespectful of professional boundaries. A hybrid between game and drama, the piece raises questions about privacy and control at a time when technologies increasingly permeate every aspect of our lives. Karen prompts you to question how you use media, what information you leak through this usage, and what is at stake in doing so—useful life advice if ever there was any.

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  • Blast Theory
  • Life Coaching
  • Uncomfortable Interactions
  • Disruptive Play
  • Gaming Apps

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Chatzichristodoulou, M. (2017). Karen by Blast Theory: Leaking Privacy. In: Broadhurst, S., Price, S. (eds) Digital Bodies. Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95241-0_5

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