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It’s Entertainment!

It’s Entertainment!

Video Games and Computer Holding Power by Sherry Turkle, 1984 In 1984, popular video games included Pacman, Donkey Kong and Asteroids and Sherry Turkle discusses the computer holding power of games based on interviews with game players. Sherry Turkle stated that most gamers describe their experiences of playing video games to “sports, sex, or meditation.” Comparisons are also made with drugs which…

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Our Deepest Fear & An Unexpected Outcome

Our Deepest Fear & An Unexpected Outcome

Personal Dynamic Media by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, 1977 On one level, the reading left me thinking: these authors are truly smart, imaginative. Even though many of the things they are describing are actually functioning now in computer systems, I enjoyed reading their almost laborious descriptions of the functions. From the mundane editing and…

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Inside the mind of an inventor: D Engelb...

Inside the mind of an inventor: D Engelbart

The article “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework” written in 1962 allowed me to experience the thinking of an extraordinary scholar.  As I read, I was impressed at times and then intrigued at other times.  Mostly, I felt l had a vivid picture of what was imagined for technology and human augmentation over 50 years…

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Complex Medium

Complex Medium

As I started the course and readings, I wondered … “I grew up during the digital age, so this is all going to be familiar”.  I now realize I had no idea what was happening behind the digital curtain.  I was simply experiencing the interface … the front door, if you will. Accepting my place…

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On a snowy day

On a snowy day

On snowy day, what would you choose to do: play in it, drive in it, stay inside or something else?  Well, I’ve decided staying inside was best.  There a fireplace that warms the house and I do not like freezing weather.  Perhaps by the weekend I may be convinced to play in it … maybe…

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