Category Archives: Commentary

Blog Post #1 – Stanford Forum

I found the Cambridge forum radio program quite interesting. I listened to it in the evening and found myself thinking about it persistently throughout the next day.  I even surreptitiously brought up the juicier tidbits, like Edison’s use of the word … Continue reading

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Media Connections: My final reflection

What I learned from the course I have learned through this course that the meaning of literacy has been influenced by technology both of present and the past. Digital technology has enabled us to view literacy not simply as understanding … Continue reading

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Making Connections: Reading the Cloud

Well, the first time I published this post it came out blank, and I always have a hard time producing a reproduction of a previously written and lost work, but I’ll try. What does the title of this post say … Continue reading

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Making Connections – Finding Balance & Meaning In Text Driven Societies

Hi All, In order to make this a useful reflection and connection piece, I will try to pull out some key themes that resinated with me during this course and make an important connection between the ubiquitous nature of text … Continue reading

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Summative rip.mix.feed in After Effects

I have posted my “story” on YouTube:  I was motivated to use After Effects and Premiere by Adobe as they are  applications where I can achieve a semi-professional result and polish.  I used After Effects for the special effects and … Continue reading

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Rip.Mix.Feed. – YouTube

Rip.Mix.Feed – YouTube – Collaboration – iMovie What motivated you to explore the application(s) you used? I used YouTube and iMovie.  Why?  YouTube is my “go to” source for when I need to hear and see someone discussing/explaining a topic. … Continue reading

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The Printing Press and Impacts

The following is a video on the impact of Johannes Gutenberg’s Printing Press. It outlines a brief description of printing and movable type, and then discusses the impact of the press in three areas: the expansion of literacy, the consistency … Continue reading

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Friend or foe?

Technology. Is it friend or foe? Over twenty years ago, Neil Postman wrote his book Technolopoly in an effort to “describe when how and why technology became a particularly dangerous enemy” (Postman, 1992). Even at the time he wrote his … Continue reading

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Scientific Mysticism

“The binarism of the comparison transcends the question” (Biakolo, 1999, p. 42). Has the discussion that pits orality and literacy as two distinct orders of communication transcended the question of communication in a more fundamental form?  Although Biakolo focuses primarily … Continue reading

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Adapting to External Sources of Information

“Those who use writing will become forgetful, relying on an external resource for what they lack in internal resources.  Writing weakens the mind.” (Ong 1982, 79) As Ong describes in Chapter 3 in “Orality and Literacy”(1982), the advent of writing … Continue reading

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