Addiction as Metaphor [...]

There was a dust-up last week following a New York Post story which described digital technologies as "digital heroin." The Verge responded with its own article, "Why calling screentime 'digital heroin' is digital garbage." The debates whether about technologies or porn or food all revolve around "what counts" as addiction. From The Verge article: Kardaras’ loose...

 

Gaslight [...]

From the Wikipedia article: Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery-thriller film, adapted from Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play Gas Light, about a woman whose husband slowly manipulates her into believing that she is going insane. The 1944 version was the second version to be filmed, following the British film Gaslight, directed by Thorold Dickinson and released in 1940. Th...

 

The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect [...]

From Michael Crichton: >Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents t...

 

Choral Explanations [...]

Mike Caulfield explains: >This new breed of Q&A sites is replacing more traditional wiki as a source of information, through a modality we’ll call “choral explanations” (a term based on Ward Cunningham’s claim that federated wiki is a “chorus of voices”) > >These newer sites do not work like older Q&A sites. Older sites (e.g. Yahoo answers...

 

Computer History and Computer Culture [...]

From Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine: >The point I am making is not simply that this was a mathematical culture (which it was), but that it was the particular kind of mathematical culture in which precise calculation plays the dominant role and the technical and analytic have more weight than the intuitive and the experiential. > >Thus, many factors c...

 

Freire and Papert on the Future of School [...]

Video of their discussion on "the future of school" via YouTube. The transcript is also available on Papert.org. An excerpt: Paulo Freire: His speech is profoundly stimulating and, hence, challenging. First I'd like to make a sort of list of themes the generative themes, closely related to my own terminology that I have heard in his speech. For example, the "histori...

 

Epistemological Pluralism [...]

Seymour Papert and Sherry Turkle, "Epistemological Pluralism and the Revaluation of the Concrete" (first published in SIGNS in 1990): > Since the prevailing image of the computer is that of a logical machine, and since programming is seen as a technical and mathematical activity, the existence of anything but an analytic approach in this area makes a dramatic argum...

 

Yearners versus Schoolers [...]

From Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine: With much more persuasive power than the philosophy of even so radical a thinker as Dewey, the computer, in all its various manifestations, is offering the Yearners new opportunities to craft alternatives. The only question that remains is, Will such alternatives be created democratically? Will public education lead the wa...

 

Papert on Computer Culture [...]

From a 1985 interview with The New York Times: > Q. Boys tend to be more interested in computers than girls. Is that something that troubles you? > > It does trouble me, and it's a reflection of the general phenomenon. It's not the computer as such that's more attractive to the boys than to girls. It's the fact that the computer comes out of a male technologi...