For Tiny Tech Zines, print is high tech

Broken Pencil - - Contents - by Ste­fanie Ucci

Zine cul­ture might seem an odd fit for the tech sec­tor. But one La-based crew see rad­i­cal po­ten­tial in the pairing. To­gether they or­ga­nize Tiny Tech Zines. The or­ga­niz­ers aim to use the zine fair to sup­port emerg­ing and marginal­ized tech work­ers espe­cially.

“There are a lot of im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions and new voices,” says TTZ or­ga­nizer Rachel Si­man­jun­tak. She says an out­pour­ing of com­mu­nity en­thu­si­asm val­i­dated the need for the zine fest. “Our re­spon­si­bil­ity was to make a lov­ing, thought­ful space for them.”

But why go lo-fi in re­sponse to high tech? TTZ’S Tyler Yin says that for one, print can dis­rupt suf­fo­cat­ing on­line echo cham­bers.

“You could eas­ily be miss­ing out on vary­ing per­spec­tives,” Yin says of dig­i­tal dis­course. For him, and in-per­son print-cen­tric event al­lows un­der­rep­re­sented cre­ators and tech work­ers to bridge those dif­fer­ent lived ex­pe­ri­ences.

Or­ga­nizer Tris­tan Espinoza chal­lenges the very premise of high vs. low. Af­ter all, zines are tech­nol­ogy too.

“Part of why we are us­ing zines is to flat­ten hi­er­ar­chies and ex­pand peo­ple’s ideas of tech­nol­ogy be­yond screens.” Visit tinytechzi­nes.org. (Ste­fanie Ucci)

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