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The Message is Stronger than the Medium

The Message is Stronger than the Medium

Reading Marshall McLuhan this week has caused me to reflect on the media forms that have had the biggest impact on our world. Though it’s hard to beat the printing press for sheer revolutionary impact, the first thing that popped into mind was social media. Of course, the distractive properties of Twitter and Facebook are well known, and […]

“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 […]

Nietzche, Neuroplasticity and the Bully Pulpit

Nietzche, Neuroplasticity and the Bully Pulpit

“For any medium has the power of imposing its own assumption on the unwary” (McLuhan). Rarely has all of my reading Read More…

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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Kay and Goldberg… today.

Kay and Goldberg… today.

An instrument created by ASPECT graduate (he says “sound studies”), the Artiphon. And a lesson on how to raise 900,000 on kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artiphon/introducing-the-artiphon-instrument-1 Examples of the application of nonlinear explorations in the classroom: http://hollowdocumentary.com/ http://www.honkytonk.fr/index.php/webdoc/ And final thoughts on content … Continue reading

Toddlers, Tablets and Black Boxes

Toddlers, Tablets and Black Boxes

Just a few nuggets inspired by “Personal Dynamic Media”… The essay, of course, is incredibly prescient. Conceiving of the personal computer as a “metamedium whose content would be a wide range of already existing and not-yet-invented media” is a perfect description not only of the current incarnation of the Dynabook, i.e. the laptop, but also … Continue reading Toddlers, Tablets and Black Boxes

Technology predictions from 2008

Technology predictions from 2008

This series of short interviews with technological leaders in 2008 is illuminating.  Their predictions for the development of technology over the next 10 years echo many of the “far-fetched” predictions by the authors we have read in the New Media Seminar. Big data: The next Google : Nature News.

Logo for 3D printing is (almost) here

Logo for 3D printing is (almost) here

Reading: “Personal Dynamic Media” by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg.  Computer 10(3):31-41. March 1977.  Available as a sample chapter from the New Media Reader. Here, Kay and Goldberg describe the potential of their Dynabook to influence the lives of any person as a creative and educational outlet.  I am impressed that they have users from […]

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