Week 2 – Questions

Here are your questions from Week 2 (first reading assignment)

  1. Anna
    1. How has the new media evolved over the past century?
    2. Why is it difficult for the medium in our culture to operate in isolation?
    3. How has the new media remedied your life?
  2. Ashley
    1. How have inventions of the past, primarily electricity and satellite, led to inventions of the future? How will they continue to do so?
    2. Is it true when Vannever Bush states that “truly significant attainments become lost in the mass of the inconsequential”? Or are their ways for the truly significant attainments to shine through?
    3. How important is the borrowing and adapting of different mediums in the development of new medias? Is it possible to create something new without using something old?
  3. Carla

    Question 1. As Vannevar Bush mentions, the applications of science have enabled humans to effectively wage war against each other. Conversely, how can technology are used to promote peace?
    Question 2. Which forms of existing media would be most difficult to live without, and why?
    Question 3. In what ways does the digital divide effect globalization?

  4. Catherine
    Are there any math majors, or otherwise, in class who would agree with the author’s definition of a mathematician? (CLOSED)
    If the Internet has taken three decades to go from “proof of concept to widespread acceptance” would anyone like to throw their hat into the ring and make a 30 year prediction for what may be the next great communication innovation? (CLOSED)
    Re “Remediation” … Did anyone else feel the author was unclear or verbose? (CLOSED)
  5. Christopher
    Question #1:
    If what Bolster and Gruisin is saying is correct about the religious right and hypermediacy, how do you explain the growing popularity of hyper-technical, “religious right”, American churches which employ the same elements of hypermediacy of rock music (including Christian rock and punk) in their religious practice?
    Question #2: How do you feel about the marriage of sacred institutes such as houses of worship with the elements of hypermediacy? (i.e.: Is it a more evolved experience of worship? Does it cheapen the experience, heighten it, neither, both, or what?)
    Question #3: A lot of the media we read about in these articles were developed for military use, but have been opened up for public use (i.e. the internet, GPS satellites, etc.). How do you feel about the fact that the military controls public access to technologies that could be beneficial and useful to the public at large?
  6. Christine
    1) In 1945, Vannevar Bush described in great detail what is the modern-day personal computer. In what direction do you see the future’s technologies going? In another 60 years what do you think could be possible?
    2) In Networks of Remediation the author claims there are no longer mediums that belong to a single context. Find a present day example of a medium that belongs to a distinctive context and isn’t interconnected with other contexts
  7. Dan
    1. In regard to the idea of mediums and the digital era, is there still a need or even a desire for analog devices and physical items of the past? Have we outgrown aesthetic? [CLOSED]
    2. What are the possible negative effects of new technology and ‘at your fingertips’ commerce on society as a whole?
    3. Besides the ham radio, what other technologies can you think of that have been minimized due to technological advances over the past two decades?
  8. Gene
    1. I heard that there is a new type of Internet being built. Have you heard anything about this? [CLOSED]
    2. Are there any other scientist like Vannevar Bush that predicted new types of media technologies? [CLOSED]
    3. If CBS came out with the first color TV. Why are they a broadcasting company instead of a TV manufacturer?
  9. Heather
    1) To what extent would we, as a nation, have specific technologies, such as computers and the Internet, if the government hadn’t made the first effort to create such technologies for national defense and the like?
    2) How can an art form or invention not be a medium? In other words, how can an invention not always be a “remediation” of something that came before?
    3) In what ways can “new media” enhance and expand works of art? In what ways can “new media” tear down works of art?
  10. Jenn
    My question, is the fact that people don’t have to wait, a good idea or a bad idea? Specifically, is there anything to the expression, “good things come to those who wait?” [CLOSED]
    are the people who are most in control of spreading the messages through mediums that reach the global village spreading the right messages? [CLOSED] Who should decide what messages are spread?
  11. Jonathan
    1. How has electronic communication enabled some of the more physical changes to modern society (urban sprawl, globalization, infrastructure, etc)?
    2. How has the internet replaced some of the more traditional forms of communication? How have other forms of electronic communication displaced their contemporary forms of communication?
    3. In what aspects of life, if any, are electronic communications off limits? Will this change?
  12. John
    In McLuhan’s “global village”, will people be more responsive to people that are victims of natural disasters? Why or why not?
    Will reliance on technology promote the future generation to live a sheltered life apart from human interactions which may lead to impaired interpersonal skills? Why or why not?
    What kind of “mediamorphosis” can you imagine within the next 50 years?
  13. Josh
    When you go on vacation, do you take a PDA with you, or do you try to “disconnect?” [CLOSED]
    Do you trust most of the information you find on the Internet? Do you validate the information? If so, how?
    Do you have a Second Life avatar? If so, how much do you spend monthly in Second Life?
  14. Kendahl
    1. If the Memex first served as a private library, would you consider the Internet to be private, only with multiple contributors? [CLOSED]
    2. If the Industrial Revolution led to mediamorphosis, do you think that the Internet and computer technology will spawn another Industrial Revolution? [CLOSED]
    3. What is the “age of remediation,” and how does it promote “hypermediacy?”
  15. Lee Ann
  16. Liz
    … if the smaller local stations that broadcast diverse programming had continued to dominate the air waves, would this country have had the same turmoil it did in the 1960’s? [CLOSED]
  17. Maggie
    1. As stated in Technologies of the Third Mediamorphosis, radio advertising had a great impact on American culture.(92) As consumers opt for mp3 players and Tivo-like products that allow users to avoid commercials, how will advertisers reach and impact consumers as they did from the 1920’s-2000? How will consumerism be affected?
    2. In the 1800’s our modern day family television dynamic was predicted. What will family activity be like in 50 years? How will families assemble and interact with technology?
    3. Technologies of the Third Mediamorphosis states: “Electric speed tends to abolish time and space in human awareness. There is no delay in the effect of one event upon another.” What are the positive and negative results of this change?
  18. Mariana
    How technology evolution has changed the way we interact with people? What is the significant of having Internet?
    What effect will it cause if Internet was not invented? How will you handle it?
    What the negative effect of having Internet? How can we improve to make it better?
  19. Shelly
  20. Shel
    1. Common sense will accomodate for the needs of the future – will these needs really be so different than what we need now? [CLOSED]
    2. Will the degradation of the Earth’s environment be instrumental in causing a need for change in the way we communicate? [CLOSED]
    3. Is there a limit to the capacity of the internet and how will it continue to expand? [CLOSED]
  21. Sung
    1. Without knowing what is going to be available in the year 2045 where would you want to live? why?
    2 If you wanted to change something to the internet right now what would it be?
    3. Do you believe in Artificial Intelligence? [CLOSED]
  22. Tarja
    1) What would the media landscape in the USA look like now if the commercial interests had not won the battle in the 20’s (and continue to win even today)?
    2) Are today’s bloggers tomorrow’s literary giants whose work will be quoted in literature classes across the nation? [CLOSED]
    3) “Now, as peace approaches, one asks where they will find objectives worthy of their best.” in 1945 Vannevar Bush asked what scientists could invent after making strange gadgets for the war effort for killing and destroying people. When and how are we going to stop making more destructive ways to kill?
  23. Yvonne
    If we keep growing exponentially as we have, what new technologies will we have a century, or even a decade, from now?
    But what will the Internet look like a century after Bush wrote his article?
    If new media is going to be further compressed, then more information will be at our fingertips. But, what impacts will all this have on our society?

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