Skip to main content

NPR Sunday–Sherry Turkle rethinking…

In my head I said to myself, before starting the readings for today, “I will be positive about technology, I will be positive about technology.”  And while reading for today, I was excited about notions of hypertext and the access to information I have and how it makes my job easier, my work more informed(…)

I heart my computer

“In the design of our future media and systems, we should not shrink from this emotional aspect as a legitimate part of our fantic (see p. 317) design.” (p.306) The attention Nelson draws to our emotional connections with technology seems (like so much of what we are reading in this seminar) eerily prescient. It made me think … Continue reading »

DO Save the Time of the Reader/ Research...

As a historian, I self-identify as a “super searcher.” I was trained to identify and track down whatever evidence I need, regardless of the time, effort, and tedium involved. As a researcher those skills stand me in good stead every day, but as a teacher, I want my students to spend at least as much […]

Analysis and intepretation

Last week’s reading and discussion of the divide between rational and interpretive ways of thinking echoed a tension running through a research project that I am conducting this semester. I have a group of 11 students who are doing research on the Russian Flu (1889-1890). Some students have majors in history, but others are in […]

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

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…