Terrence A. Brooks
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Student essay topics
- Quantity: More information can be delivered
- New information processing centers: Patient bedside, cockpit of jet fighter, etc.
- Vast libraries can be reduced to a portable storage device: Encylopaedia Britannica on a CD
- Speed: Information can be delivered more quickly
- Real-time interaction: Buy and sell stock, instant messaging, etc.
- Emulations of human activity or 'human-ness': Playing chess, etc.
- Network: Information can be delivered anywhere
- No place is without information access
- Every person/machine networked together
- Transmission code: Digital documents are constructed for presentation
- Finding content for search: Google looks inside documents for URLs and words
- Identification: E-mail traffic is monitored.
The Self Digitized
The Truth Digitized
The Nation State Digitized
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- Enter the tag: INSC 598
All the other items are optional.
- Terry Brooks: (1)The digital pipe permits more throughput than ever, and (2) The end of the digital pipe can be anywhere
- Adam Hindman: The things that people do in a digital culture are not new. However, the fact that digital culture allows many more people to do them much more easily means that unprecedented effects are produced.
Quantitative change results in qualitative change
- Travis Kriplean: The use of digital technologies is facilitating the generation of extremely precise, searchable, mineable, and archivable data--now, more than ever, we have to discriminate between not just too little, but also too much data: we need to understand and find meaning in excessive information. How do we come to ignore, what do we ignore, and when? The need becomes more pronounced the more detailed our quantifications become.
- Leith Caldwell: Our ability to manipulate images is greater than our ability to perceive manipulations in images
The idea that 'Digital Culture' is really about the greater availability of information, technologies and the impact they have on the behavioral patterns of society as a whole - it drives a need for the 'culture' to adopt a greater level of discernment. This can be illustrated as a general trend through emerging information technologies as people learn to disregard or perceive what is more meaningful or relevant to them: do not take notice of 'trash' novels or tabloids raving about aliens; do not watch the commercials on television or the melodramas about prepubescents; do not click on the pop-up advertisements or the search engine results that are not what you're looking for. In the same way, when presented with numerous photographs and asked to discern which is the 'real' one, society is still playing catch-up to the wide-spread adoption of image manipulation technology.