New Media Faculty Dev. Seminar – FA2010

"Awakening the Digital Imagination" – a Networked Seminar

Week One

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Post source: Gail'sNew MediaBlog

It was exciting to hear about the New Media Seminar and what we will be covering in the weeks to come. It was an interesting discussion around Janet Murray’s “Inventing the Medium”. I related to her talking about the traditions of the scientists/engineers and the storytellers/theorists coming together to form a “new medium”. I have seen a lot of very creative things that people have done with technology, so that spoke to me in that respect.

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Excuse my confusion. I was criticized frequently in graduate seminars that I quibbled too much with the linguistics and bought into the myth of needing to "tear down" or challenge a reading, and I desire to avoid that pit.

However, in the course of reading Murray's introduction, I couldn't help but twitch at certain moments that rankled. Let me give an example.

...the term "new media" is a sign of our current confusion about where these efforts are leading and our breathlessness at the pace of change, particularly in the last two decades of the 20th century. How long will it take before we see the gift for what it is--a single medium of representation, the digital medium, formed by the braided interplay of technical invention and cultural expression a the end of the 20th Century?
She asks a question, and I assume that means an invitation to dialogue. How long will it take indeed?

A "Gift"?
Well, let's set aside the large presumptions that this is a "gift," implying both a singular entity and a "giver," along with the supposition of some measure of benevolence.

A "Braid"?
So, assuming that "new media" is "good", "singular", and a "gift", then we have the issue of whether it is formed by this "braided interplay of technical invention and cultural expression". Like the gift metaphor, the "braid" carries a purposefulness with it that I'm not convinced exists in the new media today. It seems much more like when one tangles a mess of yarn and then has a few people work to untangle it. Some, will take the time to methodically find and work from a loose end and carefully wind the end as they move. Others will grab joints and try to loosen/organize these nexuses. Still others, mostly my son and cats, spend time enjoying themselves. Finally, some might find ends, unravel a bit, knit what they want, and then charge for access.

Whatever the case, new media are not braided together. This is something,
but it's not a braid.

A "We"?
Finally, the question assumes that "we" most/all have access to technologies of production and consumption. Of couse, Murray could be referring to the "we" in the educated, elite, but that appears to reinforce the "us" v "them" mentality that was appropriated by critics of higher education. The simple truth is that the class divides that are increasing carry with them significant digital divides in terms of access and literacy. The ability of peoples without training in the access and understanding in these media have placed them behind the curve that increases term by term to require fundamental knowledge of using computers, e-mail, twitter, Blackboard, and other new media elements.

But, that deals with "selection", which will be a major part of my interest in V. Bush's "As We May Think"

Post source: publicintellectual

Excuse my confusion. I was criticized frequently in graduate seminars that I quibbled too much with the linguistics and bought into the myth of needing to "tear down" or challenge a reading, and I desire to avoid that pit.

However, in the course of reading Murray's introduction, I couldn't help but twitch at certain moments that rankled. Let me give an example.

...the term "new media" is a sign of our current confusion about where these efforts are leading and our breathlessness at the pace of change, particularly in the last two decades of the 20th century. How long will it take before we see the gift for what it is--a single medium of representation, the digital medium, formed by the braided interplay of technical invention and cultural expression a the end of the 20th Century?
She asks a question, and I assume that means an invitation to dialogue. How long will it take indeed?

A "Gift"?
Well, let's set aside the large presumptions that this is a "gift," implying both a singular entity and a "giver," along with the supposition of some measure of benevolence.

A "Braid"?
So, assuming that "new media" is "good", "singular", and a "gift", then we have the issue of whether it is formed by this "braided interplay of technical invention and cultural expression". Like the gift metaphor, the "braid" carries a purposefulness with it that I'm not convinced exists in the new media today. It seems much more like when one tangles a mess of yarn and then has a few people work to untangle it. Some, will take the time to methodically find and work from a loose end and carefully wind the end as they move. Others will grab joints and try to loosen/organize these nexuses. Still others, mostly my son and cats, spend time enjoying themselves. Finally, some might find ends, unravel a bit, knit what they want, and then charge for access.

Whatever the case, new media are not braided together. This is something,
but it's not a braid.

A "We"?
Finally, the question assumes that "we" most/all have access to technologies of production and consumption. Of couse, Murray could be referring to the "we" in the educated, elite, but that appears to reinforce the "us" v "them" mentality that was appropriated by critics of higher education. The simple truth is that the class divides that are increasing carry with them significant digital divides in terms of access and literacy. The ability of peoples without training in the access and understanding in these media have placed them behind the curve that increases term by term to require fundamental knowledge of using computers, e-mail, twitter, Blackboard, and other new media elements.

But, that deals with "selection", which will be a major part of my interest in V. Bush's "As We May Think"

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I am looking forward to exploring further the Web 2.0 tools we recently studied in the faculty summer institute at MCC. I am anxious to see how these tools can enhance student learning and retention in our online courses.

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Welcome to Eduweb2.0 Blogs. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

I am looking forward to exploring further the Web 2.0 tools we recently studied in the faculty summer institute at MCC. I am anxious to see how these tools can enhance student learning and retention in our online courses.

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The last paragraph was beautiful!  Friday I scoffed at the comment about the poetry of the last paragraph, but I was reading the last paragraph of our material.   The REAL last paragraph was moving.  It equated the “machine” to a work of art — symphony, book, painting or photograph. The essence of this last paragraph for me was that because humans created it,  the machine is a reflection of us humans and therefore has capacity for magnificence.  But while it can have the beauty of a symphony, it can also be ugly when used to carry the message of the burning of holy books (reflection of an ugly act).  Tonight the machine was beautiful when it brought my daughter and I together in conversation about the Facebook pages of some of my high school friends.  The history and feelings and feelings shared were a direct result of the power of the machine.  Later she shared a YouTube video 

Click here to view the embedded video.

with me and in that sharing there that was an affirmation of the “mothering” she has experienced — truly beautiful.  Thank you, machine.

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Welcome to Eduweb2.0 Blogs. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Post source: Applications in Biology for a New Generation

This class is probably even more valuable that the tools that we will be discussing. Technology needs to be an enhancement not a hindrance. I use to be the first in line to get the new technology. I had Windows 95 delivered to my home the day it went on sale. I filled my computer with every device and gadget I could get my hands on. But one day it dawned on me I was collecting technology not using technology. I had the gadget and I even knew how to use them, but I had no time or application for them. I am afraid that the student who has the iphone and every gadget imaginable really does not use these gadgets to accomplish anything productive. I say the iphone because a lot of their on-line world no longer involves a computer but instead their smartphones. But you see even with text messaging that they do not read the entire message. They will address the first point but are totally unaware that any other question was being asked. So they skim their text messages like we use to skim our text books. Are they skimming everything and if so what will the consequences to society be?

Post source: Applications in Biology for a New Generation

This class is probably even more valuable that the tools that we will be discussing. Technology needs to be an enhancement not a hindrance. I use to be the first in line to get the new technology. I had Windows 95 delivered to my home the day it went on sale. I filled my computer with every device and gadget I could get my hands on. But one day it dawned on me I was collecting technology not using technology. I had the gadget and I even knew how to use them, but I had no time or application for them. I am afraid that the student who has the iphone and every gadget imaginable really does not use these gadgets to accomplish anything productive. I say the iphone because a lot of their on-line world no longer involves a computer but instead their smartphones. But you see even with text messaging that they do not read the entire message. They will address the first point but are totally unaware that any other question was being asked. So they skim their text messages like we use to skim our text books. Are they skimming everything and if so what will the consequences to society be?