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Assignment Description Unit 4




Texts that Respond to Carr


Texts You Can Draw on to "Enter the Conversation"

More Resources and Ideas

  • ALTERNATIVE theory - the fragmented, jarring, attention-disrupting nature of digital media is largely (or also) a function of commercialism, not the technology itself. Consider early educational hypertext, which fostered deep reading, and helped establish context, rather than disrupt it. Could make analogy with news - it used to be relatively slow, integrated, focused on context, etc. Now it is like an MTV music video. 
  • Astra Taylor explores this in this book review: http://www.bookforum.com/inprint/020_02/11685 
  • Eli Pariser (abour 2.4 minutes) talks about the dangers of the "filter bubble." From IQ squared debate. He suggests the problem with Google is not that it scatters our attention, but that it narrows our views and encases us in "bubbles." It's less about losing our minds, and more about "closing" our minds.
  • In opposition (or to qualify) this, we have EXAMPLE OF ACTIVISM AIDED BY SOCIAL MEDIA – IT GETS BETTER PROJECT http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
    DAN SAVAGE on the inspiration for his project - he realized in age of YouTube and twitter he didn't need permission (2 mins)
  •  Louis ck on cellphones and developing a self https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HbYScltf1c 



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