Monday, January 20, 2014

Some Ideas You Provoked (and Some Ideas to Provoke You)

A note to the students in Spring 2014 CM 410 - 
Some of your comments made me think about the question, "What is Even (Still) in Print?"
  • New York Times - daily online and in print
  • Christian Science Monitor - weekly in print, daily online
  • Encyclopedia Brittanica - no longer in print, all online (Want a print copy?)

Your comments about how "Commonplace/Easy it is to make movies" made me wonder about...
  • Vine/instagram
  • Reality TV
  • Remixing videos of others 

And of course the very popular "Bed Intruder" song - which became a #1 Hit on iTunes.

Your comments on letter-writing made me wonder if we will still have something called "Handwriting" in the future?

And many of you mentioned how multitasking and the ubiquity of screens might fracture our attention spans? Well, those comments are a perfect lead-in for our next assignment...

Now, to provoke some of your thinking with your next article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
As you read the article, think about these questions to provoke insightful comments in your next blog.
  1.  How does the author describe changes in his attention span?
  2. Do you relate to the experiences of Scott Karp or Bruce Friedman? How so?
  3. How did the typewriter affect the writings of Nietzsche? Can you describe how specific technologies have altered your reading, writing, thinking in similar ways?
  4. Authors Lewis Mumford and Joseph Weizenbaum both discuss a piece of technology that changed human life in incredible ways. What device was it? 
  5. How has the Net changed other media, like TV, newspapers, etc.?
  6. What do you think of Taylor's "system" and philosophy? Based on the info in the article, what do you think it would be like to work at Google?
  7.  What was Socrates' fear about the invention of writing? Can you apply that concern to other technologies?
  8. What does Richard Foreman see as the difference between the ideal human of hi stime and the ideal human of the digital age? Do you agree with him? What are the implications of such changes? 

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