Week 2 Questions

Long list of questions from Week 2 posts.

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Reminder — these posts are read and noted. It is a significant part of your grade.

Week 1 Questions

  • What do you consider to be the “third greatest mediamorphosis”? Choose from the following: telephone, commercial radio, television, computer, telegraph
  • As we rely more and more on new technologies (ie. Word spell-check changing words automatically, etc), do you think we are becoming a “lazier” society, or is this just soly to increase our productivity?
  • is new media more harmful or beneficial to education? Why?
  • Why are most new technologies first used by the military and then sold or used by the public?
  • Will the development of new technologies further the distance between the rich and the poor, or the educated and the non educated or will it help bring them together? Why?
  • Has a machine been created that can manipulate premises in accordance with formal logic, passing out conclusion after conclusion in accordance with formal logic, as Bush states could happen? If so, what is it?
  • Do you think that the constant need for immediate information is a good or bad thing and why?
  • Which of the following forms of media (television, computer graphics, digital photograph, virtual reality) include both immediacy and hypermediacy?
  • Hypermediacy is the fact that knowledge of the world comes to us through media- Are there any examples of hypermediacy that can be found in Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think”?
  • In response to question 1, is new media more harmful or beneficial to education?
  • New medias are developing everyday as a way to compete with other companies. Do we need these new technologies, or are we being told we need them by the company who produces them?
  • How did Bush predict something that was just like the Internet, were other scholars agreeing with his viewpoints?
  • Why are most new technologies first used by the military and then sold or used by the public?
  • What will the future hold for remediated products, will a new release completely engulf our lives?
  • Are we limiting future development/invention by using the internet and other technologies on such a basic level?
  • How does wireless transmission work?
  • Will print and radio ever become obsolete?
  • Where did this need for people to be in constant communication with each other (the global village) originate?
  • It is clear that Americans are obcessed with the notion of speed and that can be seen in the technologies that we value, is this prevelant in all cultures or is it more heavily focused in the United States?
  • Will the development of new technologies further the distance between the rich and the poor, or the educated and the non educated or will it help bring them together?
  • What do you think is more important inovation or human research?
  • Why do you think machines are valued more then humans now days?
  • Europe is lacking in technology why do you think that is?
  • Why did the telegraph had such as short life spand?
  • I would also like to know more about mechanical electrical televison?
  • Why was two-way exchange of informaton was appropriate for the new medium of radio?
  • Do you think that Bush’s argument is valid when he says “Mendel’s concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world for a generation because his publication did not reach the few who were capable of grasping and extending it; and this sort of catastrophe is undoubtedly being repeated all about us, as truly significant attainments become lost in the mass of the inconsequential.” Did that really happen? Do you think it happens today even with the wide spread of technology?
  • Do you agree with Bolter and Grusin when they say that TV is “TV dinners, occupying children, and defining shopping habits”? How do you see this occurring (or not) in your own life?
  • In Bolter and Grusin’s chapter, they talk about how commercials engage all of children’s senses in ads. For example: “The goal is to have the child watching a Batman video while wearing the Batman cape, eating a fast-food meal with a Batman promotional wrapper, and playing with a Batman toy.” Is this ethical? Is it ethical to promote unhealthy foods and consumption patterns in children? Is this part of the over-consumption and over-weight crises in America?
  • “No government or commerical entity owns the Net or directly profits from its operation” (Fidler, 101). While this statement is true, doesn’t it sometimes seem a bit surprising since there are regulations on the Net in some countries and there are clearly dominant companies, advertisers, etc. on the Net? Do you feel as if no one actually owns/controls the Net or that perhaps there is some ownership taking place or that ownership will take place in the future and even more regulations will be put into place?
  • In regards to the reading, “Networks of Remediation”, do you believe that film and other technologies of transparent immediacy enact a gendered form of looking?
  • Fidler states that, “eventually most forms of communication, like living species, will be subsumed or die out. But the process usually takes some time and does not occur the instant a new form emerges.” While there are many examples which hold true to this statement, do you feel that there are any communication technologies that will never be phased out? For example, can you see the cell phone dying out? If so, kind of technology do you see replacing it?
  • Was the progression of developing new technologies a slower or faster process than one would expect and do you think that as new technologies develop it will continue to speed up this process?
  • Where is the Internet heading and will it eventually become greater/smarter than the people who use it on a regular basis?
  • What will the next new technology in the world of television be to revolutionize the way that people watch programs?
  • How would you define medium in a cultural sense? Why?
  • What are some examples of how technologies are members or technical, social, and economic networks?
  • Discuss the evolution of our modern-day internet from its origin.
  • Vannevar Bush said “The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.” Did something come of it? Or is this still true?
  • Since I am unable to envision the internet fully in 2045 what are some other aspects that may be apart of the “new media” in 2045 in addition to the internet?
  • What would we (people in general) do if these systems of electric speed disappeared or were destroyed completely and could not be restored? Could we go back to living in the darkness of non-instantaneous communication? Would people adapt or go crazy?
  • Has a machine been created that can manipulate premises in accordance with formal logic, passing out conclusion after conclusion in accordance with formal logic, as Bush states could happen? If so, what is it?
  • Does media embody and/or carry economic and cultural ideologies, or are economic and cultural ideologies shaped by that which is shown in media? Who’s to say?
  • Will digital media completely replace print media some day? Why would that be good or bad?
  • Do you think that the constant need for immediate information is a good or bad thing and why?
  • What do you feel was the most influential technology through the years to help us get to the point we are at now?
  • How does remediation compare with synergy?
  • Do you agree with the statement that “the telephone is an extention of interpersonal communication”, why or why not?
  • Were there any other semi-accurate predictions that the internet would come into existance?
  • Do you think by publishing graphic art of art published on the internet lacks “aura because it is removed from the context of ritual and tradition in which art has been historically embedded?” (pg. 73-Networks of Remediation)
  • How did Bush predict something that was just like the Internet, were other scholars agreeing with his viewpoints?
  • Why are most new technologies first used by the military and then sold or used by the public?
  • What will the future hold for remediated products, will a new release completely engulf our lives?
  • Are we becoming too reliant on technology such that when it breaks down, we are rendered helpless?
  • Vannevar Bush’s idea of the memex accurately predicted the development of some of today’s technologies ahead of our time. What are some of the new media that we think will come about over the next 10 years?
  • Is there still room for traditional forms of media?
  • Who were the first people (of the 2000) who bought the original sets of television; were they elitists and why would they if they were so simplistic?
  • How was Zworykin able to convince RCA to continue work on televisions after his original promise of 100,000 dollars would work?
  • What does Howard-Rheingold mean when he says that computers could revitalize “citizen-based democracy”.
  • Roger Fidler’s Survival Principle states that “all forms of media adapt and evolve in response to changing conditions. What form of media do you think will become extinct within the next 5 years as a result of changing technological conditions?
  • After reading Vannevar Bush’s 1945 commentary on the Memex, which of his technological predictions do you suppose was the most controversial at the time of publication?
  • Do you think readers in 1945 felt threatened or scared by the hypothetical predictions? If not, how would you best describe the public reaction?
  • In the article “Networks of Remediation” the author suggests that it is impossible to have no relationship with modern media. At what point in history do you believe this statement became a reality for most Americans?
  • Will our need for immediacy ever fizzle out?
  • Was the computer, as we know it today, based off the “Memex?”
  • Has any information been let out in regard to what the future holds for the Internet?
  • How are new technologies eventually introduced and adopted by the masses?
  • How will FCC’s role expand be as new technologies are being continually developed? Or will they be ultimately limited due to its lack of ability to evolve as quickly as technologies are developed?
  • What will be the next stage of technology in the future?
  • Will the public gain additional power through this medium, with even more control than people have through the Internet?
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