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response to reading questions posted by a fellow classmate;)

In our grad class, Writing for Electronic Communities, we also read about other electronic communities, and respond. I am responding to some interesting questions posed by our discussion leader for the week.

He first asks “1. Knowing this, do you feel you would have enjoyed these stories if they were in a regular, linear format or did this prove more enjoyable because you could choose (in Unknown’s case) where you wanted to go?”

No, I think the less linear, the better. Maybe it is just the ADD in me, wanting to be able to click and then BOOM! Change the story! I loved feeling like I had a little bit of control over the story, but not so much, as I could never fathom what would come next. The journey, not really what was being said, eventually became more important to me as I made my way through the text.

He also asks “4. Do you think that these websites might be the future of literature over the Internet or do you think people will continue to prefer the linear form?

“I’m on the fence to whether or not the physical books as we know them will go away. One thing is sure, technology is changing so rapidly that some people face frustration as one new “technological” thing they have mastered is now “old news” and other areas are the “new thing”. As a teacher standpoint, I have heard of schools moving towards using laptops entirely with text books online, etc. There are some pros and cons to this (as is with anything) Students (in my opinion) are more apt to do the work if it is connected to technology- nothing against my teaching, but kids today have been raised to have a technological awareness that many other generations did not. Also, schools will save some money on supplies. The cons of course will be that (in my opinion) there is nothing better then enjoying a really good book- one that I can hold, and lay in bed with while reading. laptops get hot and can be cumbersome. Another downside is that students will ultimately lose the experience of having to disseminate and find information of their own; with technology, it is all that their fingertips, and is a matter of point and click for more information than needed!

Next he poses, “5. Why do you think someone would go through the trouble of creating a website like The Jew’s Daughter? What purpose do you think it serves?”

“Things seek realization in new configurations” (screen 221). The Jew’s Daughter gets the reader involved on a deep level, even subconscious thinking. This is a new configuration, even for the Web…Will books go to this, sure, why not? Some, maybe it would work, but when it comes to having to get a hold of facts, one might not like the idea of jumping all around in cyberspace.



Somewhat belated Wenger posting..

After much trepidation, I am posting my response to Etienne Wenger, an author responsible for the text “Communities of Practice” which is required reading for our graduate course, Writing for Electronic Communities.
This, for me was a tough read. I did not enjoy trying to make sense of the scenarios with Ariel. I had a hard time focusing in on his main ideas. The notes at the back of the book helped me immnesely. Not fun.
What I got out of it:
Wenger defines learning communities as as coming together in which a joint learning takes place. He is searching for the “spirit” of the group as well.
Additionally, Wenger determines that learning is a really important component to just being human. People need to participate and help buld the knowledge for the group as a whole, as well as for themselves. he is interested in the social construct and decontextualization of the whole learning process. And delves in, and in…

First McLuhan thoughts…

In our grad. class, WEC, we are currently reading a book of lectures from a dude named Marshall McLuhan. He was a genius, sort of the fortune-teller of new media starting back from the 1950’s and onward. Reading this is totally applicable to someone looking for views that represented those involved with technology at the start of blossoming technology throes. This guy is puzzling. He was an insightful person who was ready to share his views with an unsuspecting (and unbelieving world).

I like how the book is chronologically prepared- you can kind of trace his thoughts and make some connections; at other times he can be a bit wordy and confusing…

Interesting quote to ponder:It is now the task of educators, McLuhan implores, to train “the young in mastery of the new global media”


on Marshall…

Taken from his website…pretty cool stuff here. I like quotes, and am working on a list of my own!


Marshall McLuhanisms

The story of modern America begins With the discovery of the white man by
The Indians.

Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public

Whereas convictions depend on speed-ups, justice requires delay.

The nature of people demands that most of them be engaged in the most
frivolous possible activities—like making money.

With telephone and TV it is not so much the message as the sender that is

Money is the poor man’s credit card.

We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into
the future.

Spaceship earth is still operated by railway conductors, just as NASA is
managed by men with Newtonian goals.

Invention is the mother of necessities.

You mean my whole fallacy’s wrong?

Mud sometimes gives the illusion of depth.

The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.

Why is it so easy to acquire the solutions of past problems and so difficult to solve current ones?

The trouble with a cheap, specialized education is that you never stop paying for it.

People don’t actually read newspapers. They step into them every morning like a hot bath.

The road is our major architectural form.

Today each of us lives several hundred years in a decade.

Today the business of business is becoming the constant invention of new business.

The price of eternal vigilance is indifference.

News, far more than art, is artifact.

When you are on the phone or on the air, you have no body.

Tomorrow is our permanent address.

All advertising advertises advertising.

The answers are always inside the problem, not outside.

“Camp” is popular because it gives people a sense of reality to see a replay of their lives.

This information is top security. When you have read it, destroy yourself.

The specialist is one who never makes small mistakes while moving toward the grand fallacy.

One of the nicest things about being big is the luxury of thinking little.

Politics offers yesterday’s answers to today’s questions.

The missing link created far more interest than all the chains and explanations of being.

In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses.

When a thing is current, it creates currency.

Food for the mind is like food for the body: the inputs are never the same as the outputs.

Men on frontiers, whether of time or space, abandon their previous identities. Neighborhood gives identity. Frontiers snatch it away.

The future of the book is the blurb.

The ignorance of how to use new knowledge stockpiles exponentially.

A road is a flattened-out wheel, rolled up in the belly of an airplane.

At the speed of light, policies and political parties yield place to charismatic images.

I may be wrong, but I’m never in doubt.”

—Copyright © 1986, McLuhan Associates, Ltd.