Category: vtnmss15

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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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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Poetics and the human-computer interaction

Poetics and the human-computer interaction

So, Brenda Laurel’s essay, “The Six Elements and the Causal Relations Among Them,” was definitely a shift from our reading last week, and maybe all of the readings prior.  It was tangible… Not ambiguous…And the point was obvious and straightforward… All computer human interaction, just like all drama should incorporate six elements, as defined by […]

Viola, Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space?

Viola, Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space?

To start, I enjoyed Viola’s “Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space,” and it seems like something I’d want to and need to read a couple more times to more fully take in. Today, I’m reading it rather quickly as I’m using Audacity to edit audio, which seems to be an interesting illustration (yet not quite)…

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Evaluating Communication Media

Evaluating Communication Media

McLuhan, M. (1964). “The Medium is the Message.” Understanding Media. “Post something abut the communication medium you think has had the biggest impact on our world and why.” I’m having a hard time responding to the above prompt, in part because my answer depends on what “impact” means, and for whom (who is impacted?)– or maybe it is my concern…

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“The medium is the message”

“The medium is the message”

So, the “make” for this week was to “Post something abut the communication medium you think has had the biggest impact on our world and why.”  This was a lot harder to answer than I had originally thought.  I like to think I live right underneath the the overpass of the information super highway and […]

Rhetoric of Predictions in History of Computing Technologies

Rhetoric of Predictions in History of Computing Technologies

Hi, folks. Haven’t updated for a while as we had a snow day over here at Virginia Tech, and I spent last week in Tampa for the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing Conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Had a great time. Someone else I know pointed out how different it…

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Machines That Can Think and Learn and Feel and Do Other Stuff Real Good

Machines That Can Think and Learn and Feel and Do Other Stuff Real Good

This week we are reading Alan Turing’s “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” and thinking about “machines that can think and learn.” At the same time, I was clearing out my 1000 open browser tabs, bookmarking things I still wanted to get back to at some point when I ran into “We Know How You Feel,” a New Yorker article…

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Bush, As We May Think

Bush, As We May Think

For our second meeting of the New Media Seminar I’m participating in, we were assigned to read Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think” and to blog about a meaningful nugget/passage. Some things that stand out for me about the text is the ways in which Bush was concerned with several dimensions with regards to technological…

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New Media Seminar

New Media Seminar

Hi folks. I’ll be participating in a new media seminar for faculty and staff here at Virginia Tech, and we’ll be blogging, so I thought I’d attach it to this site. Stay tuned for more. The syllabus: http://amynelson.net/NMSS15/ Twitter hashtag: #vtnmss15

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