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Media, Information and Technoculture
Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B
Warren Steele

HIGH RISE: Ballard -distancing from violence -do not connect emotionally -alienations to the viewers -absence of human emotion -inner space/life -reflected in technology -exploration of mediated communication -tech as the externalization of anxiety/desires -tribal -capitalist modernity -space of the high rise represents the edge of the process Modernity -who are the residents and how did they react to modernity? -withered with it? -no point of view -single unit -tribal drum -all are informed -a never ending changing technological world -No working class to demonstrate the violence that can occur even among professionals -those that are separate, more comfortable tenants are detached and calm, unaffected -Those in the bottom feel the first changes and the worst of them -play by the rules or blindly act out -the technical orientation forces the people into the sky; inhuman systems -The destruction of a technical orientation on its terms capitalism consumes itself -Royal - feels the pressure of the people above him, not the structure. People not meant to be in close quarters? -Laing adapting to the technology of the building falling interest in civilized conventions -when people are carelessly forced together they take apart their surroundings, much like has happened in present days when we are too close to take care of our surroundings. The results are the endless exhaustion of Earth and resources. Humanity will suck it dry until their own undoing; for the purpose of life and excitement. Unit 12: Conclusion Turkle 265-296 The Nostalgia of the Young Ch14 Teens feeling more alive when connected, then disoriented and alone when they leave their screens Texting is too sedctive. I makes a promise that generates its own demand. o Promise: the person you text will receive the message within seconds, and whether or not he/she is free, the recipient will be able to see your text o Demand: when you receive a text, you will attend to it and respond as soon as possible Listening to what young people miss may teach us what they need ATTENTION Longed for here is the pleasure of full attention, coveted and rare. These teenagers grew up with parents who talked on their cell phones and scrolled through messages as they walked to the playground Children have always competed for their parents attention, but this generation has experienced something new. Previously, children had to deal with parents being off with work, friends, or each other. Today. Children contend with parents who are physically close tantalizingly so, but mentally elsewhere *demanding attention from a parent engaged with a task was easier than prying them from a composed message o will engaging with the real people/children really have a large causal effect on the already instantaneous nature of the message being sent? Texting has evolved into a space for confessions, breakups, and declarations of love The device has become a way to manage anxiety about [life] o It is instant and concrete somehow translated as valid exchange Annoyance on Facebook: friend Joanne no longer sends long personal emails but resorts to publicizing her life on a facebook note like a blog o Less personal, more advantageous, saying a lot without saying much, personal loss by emailee o The journal was written to everyone and thus no one. SPONTANAEITY Texting depresses him. It doesnt make him feel close, but he is certain that it takes him away from things that might. His friend: like the telephone, but doesnt; convo fun, but stressful; presumes someone has time, instrusive; puts you on the line, risks getting hurt Measuring degrees of caring by types of communication Letter: the fact that you can touch it is important.., E-mails get deleted, but letters get stored in the drawer o Indicates time spent, location, personalization, thought These young men are asking for time and touch, attention and immediacy. They are curious about a world where people dealt in the tangible and did one thing at a time. In a search for identity, adolescents need a place of stillness, a place to gather themselves. In the digital life, stillness and solitude are hard to come by THE PERILS OF PERFORMANCE It burdens him that the things he says online affect how people treat him in the real. The temptation of the site is to make the right impression. In a profile, there is not room for error. You are reduced to a series of right and wrong choices. Online life, he says is about premeditation. Would you rather have thirty kind-of somewhat-good friends or five really close friends? WALDEN 2.0 escaping digital civilization Hilary was at a party to celebrate the release of a new volume in the Harry Potter series when her father suffered a seizure. She didnt learn about it until she was at home and with family. She was glad for this. Without a cell phone, the bad news waited until there was an adult there to support her, to put it in context. She didnt want to hear it alone, holding a phone. What could people be doing if they werent on the Internet? She answers her own question: Theres piano; theres drawing; theres all these things people could be creating. NECESSARY CONVERSATIONS Part of my job (turkle) would be of to think of ways to keep technology busy Now we know that once computers connected us to each other, once we became tethered to the network, we really didnt need to keep computers busy. They keep us busyWe have become the killer apps. Summative points: 1. Find company but are exhausted by pressures of performance 2. We enjoy continual connection without others full attention 3. Instant audiences to flatten our conversation 4. We like that the Web knows us but only as we compromise our privacy 5. New encounters wait for something better but enjoy that they are new a. People as collected goods/resources 6. Word from home but in bleeds into our private lives 7. Like to reach each other instantly but must hide our phones for peace New devices encourage ever-greater volume and velocity Brag about how many are friended on Facebook, yet Americans say they have fewer friends than ever before The ties we form through the Internet are not, in the end, the ties that bind. But they are the ties that preoccupy. We go online bc we are busy but end up spending more time w tech and less with each other ELIZA: therapeutic robot that revealed people are more open to machines than people because they are at less risk reluctance to talk to people o Expression of the self social anxiety o ELIZA effect: trust in ELIZA does not speak to what we think ELIZA will understand but to our lack of trust in the people who might understand. SYMPTOMS AND DREAMS relate robots to social networking a desire to control our connections, to iterate our level of availability When we look at tech as symptoms and dream, we shift our attention away from technology and onto ourselves o Symptom: obscures a problem by solving it without addressing it. o Dream: reveals our wish for relationships we can control Technophilia: love of our objects and where they lead All creativity has a cost The transgression in the analytic enterprise is not that we try to make things better; the transgression is that we dont allow ourselves to see its costs and limitations like Amish do We are not in trouble because of invention but because we think it will solve everything Oedipus: story about getting what you want and getting what you think you want. o Comment on false promises of connecting technology What are we missing in our lives together that leads us to prefer lives alone together? EMOTION ENOUGH Argument that robotic emotions are valid if you take care to consider them as a new category o If that is the case, we should dismiss them as replacing human companions, just as we would not go to a cat to solve family problems QUANDARIES Arguments of caring machines o Do you want your parents and grandparents cared for by robots, or would you rather they not be cared for at all? Do you want seniors lonely and bored, or do you want them engaged with a robotic companion? o The framing of this question excludes the possibility for a human companion only one option o The robots-or-no-one quandary takes social and political choice out of the picture when it belongs at the center of the picture o We are the ones choosing to frame things FORBIDDEN EXPERIMENTS Providing substitutes for human care may not be equal in the least. When we lose the burden of care, we begin to give up on our campact that human beings will care for other human beings Robots socializing children may limit their human responsives, separating them A 2010 analysis of data from over 14000 college students over the past 30 yrs shows that since the year 2000, young people less interest in other people EARLY DAYS Always connected, the feel deprived of attention Not to reject or disparage tech, but put it in its place We expect more from tech and less from each other The prospect of loving, or being loved by, a machine changes what love can be. AMISH TECHNOLOGY Wetmore Technologies are value-laden Typically, a single technology represents a number of different values, making it impossible to choose a technology without making compromises As a group they reflect on whether integrating a certain tec
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