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Inventing New Media

Inventing New Media

This week’s readings for my New Media Seminar encompass how we understand time (according to McCloud’s Understanding Comics, which I am proud to say I read way back in 1993 when it came out in graphic novel form).  Those who know me well know that I have a very complicated calendaring system using Google Calendar […]

On Facebook Time

On Facebook Time

This week, we read Scott McCloud’s (1993) “Time Frames,” a comic that performs a meta-analysis of time as represented within comics as a genre, along with Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, Ari Luotonen, Henrik Frystyk Nielsen, and Arthur Secret’s (1994) “The World-Wide Web,”which describes the now ubiquitous system that enables widened access to information across servers…

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Timeline vs. Webs

Timeline vs. Webs

“Both the readings (McCloud & Berners-Lee, et al.) consider how interfaces shape user experience. For this week’s make, do a brief analysis of time (like McCloud did for comics) as encoded in a digital interface of your choice. For instance, how is time represented on your web browser, smart phone, Apple Watch, Mac or Windows […]

Time and Space and Eggs

Time and Space and Eggs

This comic was fascinating last read in our workshop. The “make” to share how time manifests in my world reveals my “old media” tendencies and dedications. From the images I hope to reveal that time and space collide in my … Continue reading

Fitbit Time

Fitbit Time

Reading: Time Frames by Scott McCloud, New Media Reader. This reading was a great finale to Virginia Tech’s New Media Seminar.  McCloud’s dissection of time and space in comics is fantastic!  Take a look at the image below – is it one point in time, or are there a sequence of points?  Are you aware […]

Skill and resource sharing and deschooling Ivan

Skill and resource sharing and deschooling Ivan

Illich was not a fan of the school system in the United States. He makes many suggestions as for improvement. Read More…

Illich, Deschooling Society (1971)

Illich, Deschooling Society (1971)

This piece by Illich is useful for how it illustrates the benefits of open access to information and the problems that accompany de-contextualized learning, wherein objects are removed from every day use, brought into educational settings separated from the contexts in which they tend to be used. And yet, even though I agree with this point,…

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unschool, deschool, reschool…

unschool, deschool, reschool…

April 23, 2015 Christiansburg, VA Deschooling isn’t, in my interpretation a dismissal of the process we have come to love and trust, but rather a hope in something else– a process that reflects different desires which drive a search for … Continue reading

In defense of a certain materialist mysticism inherent in deschooled pedagogy

In defense of a certain materialist mysticism inherent in deschooled pedagogy

In response to Ivan Illich’s chapter on “Learning Webs,” I would like to offer my defense of a certain materialist mysticism inherent in deschooled pedagogy, i.e. life. Illich states, as a criticism: “Schools are designed on the assumption that there is a secret to everything in life; that the quality of life depends on knowing … Continue reading In defense of a certain materialist mysticism inherent in deschooled pedagogy

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