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Communication Studies
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CS325
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Ghislain Thibault

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Foundations III: Counter­Culture, Hacking the Dreams of the Information Society Tumblr Project: What makes a good microtheme post? ­ Gather factual information  ­ Give background on topic (what it is, creators, etc) ­ More than just digital media – talk about culture (theory, concepts, methods,  themes from class) ­ Each substantial blog post is like a small essay/paper ­ It uses concepts/theories/authors/problems seen in class ­ It is not descriptive or factual (i.e. I don’t want a Wikipedia entry) – but  argumentative and analytic  ­ It makes a claim, an argument about a specific aspect of digital media “Word  processor increases productivity”  ­ It uses evidences to support your claim ­ It is clearly written and demonstrates a strong understanding of the course content  and of academic writing  Where Do I Start? ­ Brainstorm Brainstorm Brainstorm ­ Ask yourself how you can relate (or not) your digital media with every concept  seen in class ­ Gather as much “factual” information as you can in the net weeks and “archive” it  on your blog (there are points for this): news, websites, videos, etc. Give the  source ­ Draft:  1. Claim/thesis statement/ argument ­ Analysis: Evidence a) (may be secondary literature) Evidence b) (may be your own research – proofs) Evidence c)  ­ Conclusion What are the central concepts of cybernetics? ­ Regulation and feedback ­ System The Computer Age “Man has created the myth of the ‘computer’ in his own image, or one of them: cold,  immaculate, sterile, scientific.” – Nelson, Computer Lib, p 304 What are the modernist values associated with the invention of the computer? ­ Objectivity and Efficiency “Giant Brains” ­ Eniac: Mainframe Computer (1946) ­ Mainframe era: 1946­1978 ­ First computer bug (1945) ­ 1952 US elections and the UNIVAC  Advanced research project agency information processing techniques office (ARPA­ IPTO) ­ JCR Licklider (1962­1964) ­ Ivan Sutherland (1964­1966)
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