Project Sharing Shindig

Let’s use the post’s comment section to signup for food bringins’ and such. 1. Natalia offered cupcakes for Monday 2. I’ve got Costco muffins for Wednesday Others?

Q&Q: Astra Taylor + Paolo Pedercini

The final Q&Q opportunity – let’s make it count! Choose either Astra Taylor on the Web or Paolo Pedercini on games – two significant contexts in which the technological imagination is being shaped!

Q&Q: Jaron Lanier

Let’s revive the Q&Q for this last phase of the class (largely on Jaron Lanier’s work). Reply to this post with questions, quotations, criticisms, etc.

The Attention Economy Redux

“Attention Economy”  As we noted in previous weeks, one of the most important changes in human affairs has been the recent and ongoing transition from an industrial economy and culture to the so-called “information economy” and the realization of the “network society” dominated by digital media (what was once called …

Q&Q: Cathy Davidson+

Let’s use this space to collect thoughts on the Cathy Davidson video and the Digital Nation documentary! If you’re Youtube savvy, you might link the specific time in the video you are commenting on. If the blasted WiFi works, we can reference in class…

Q&Q: Katherine Hayles

Use this to record your thoughts and questions about the Hayles essay “Hyper and Deep Attention,” as well as Nicholas Carr’s chapter “The Juggler’s Brain” from The Shallows.

Network Society and MOOCs

A topic we won’t get to cover, but which I mentioned in class last time, is the phenomena of educational institutions seeking to develop “Massively Open Online Courses” (MOOCs). It is a particular form of online or distance learning, and it has until very recently been a major preoccupation of …

Q&Q: Sherry Turkle

Let’s use this thread to collect questions, quotations, and thoughts about Turkle’s argument about sociality in the network society.  

“The Mother of All Demos”

Johnson’s notions of bitmapping the dataspace are used to show the importance of understanding how organization of information reflects and generates culture. Douglas Englebart’s famous 1968 public demonstration of … well … modern computing in what has now becomes known the world over as “The Mother of All Demos” is …