Wednesday, October 19, 2011

T and T Oct. 19, 2011

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Important Idea #10 and 11
Presentation - A15 - Jeff and Mark
William Kurelek's art
and views on technology - does he distinguish between the technique and the machine? Some samples: (from the Our World Today) The Dream of Mayor Crombie, This is Our Nemiesis, He Gloats over Our Skepticism. And from the first gallery, The Tower of Babel and The Maas Maze. and from the 3rd section, Cross Section of Vinnitsia in the Ukraine.
Language and Metaphor - Lakoff and Johnson
Postman’s Five Ideas
"And so, these are my five ideas about technological change.
  • First, that we always pay a price for technology; the greater the technology, the greater the price.
  • Second, that there are always winners and losers, and that the winners always try to persuade the losers that they are really winners.
  • Third, that there is embedded in every great technology an epistemological, political or social prejudice. Sometimes that bias is greatly to our advantage. Sometimes it is not. The printing press annihilated the oral tradition; telegraphy annihilated space; television has humiliated the word; the computer, perhaps, will degrade community life. And so on.
  • Fourth, technological change is not additive; it is ecological, which means, it changes everything and is, therefore, too important to be left entirely in the hands of Bill Gates.
  • And fifth, technology tends to become mythic; that is, perceived as part of the natural order of things, and therefore tends to control more of our lives than is good for us.
… In the past, we experienced technological change in the manner of sleep-walkers. Our unspoken slogan has been "technology ├╝ber alles," and we have been willing to shape our lives to fit the requirements of technology, not the requirements of culture. This is a form of stupidity, especially in an age of vast technological change. We need to proceed with our eyes wide open so that we many use technology rather than be used by it."
More on the brain
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Smartboard lessons

Half-way survey of TandT



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