Colleague Blog Post Reflections
I have responded to the blogs of Mathieu Reynolds, James Gregory, Susanne Nobles, and Laura Ray. It’s fascinating to see how the concept of “the remediated self” overlaps with Baudrillard’s ideas of simulacra (as Susanne had been responding to Suzanne Sink and Sarah Spangler’s wiki page), Hayles’ idea of the body as prosthesis, and Mathieu’s take of Facebook users’ selecting iconic images to represent themselves.
James had read Remediation as did Wil LaVeist and I. James in essence stated he doesn’t view the internet as different enough from traditional broadcast media as to allow it to go unregulated while broadcast media remains highly regulated. I suggested that the approach to regulating the internet is already in place by virtue of the fact that people’s habits are being monitored. So, perhaps the internet is not quite “the wild frontier” it was perhaps twenty years ago and both are indeed being regulated.
Susanne’s blog was a treat as she’s employing the metaphor of a world explorer in her CSS entries. She also has a way of using light yet highly applicable imagery to support her written text.
Laura’s and Cheri’s wiki page on How We Became Posthuman had been fascinating, so I wanted to see if there was any supplemental angle or info in Laura’s blog. She definitely gave me something to think about in her discussion of Hayles’ quote on analogy, connecting it to material Laura had learned in sociolinguistics. The idea that “[a]nalogy is thus constituted as a universal exchange system that allows data to move across boundaries. It is the lingua franca of a world…” (pg. 98) makes more sense to me now that we’ve read Brooke’s Lingua Franca book. Laura’s entry in particular I found very informative.
I had no idea she has educational experience in Wildlife Biology. Her discussion of how entities (such as frogs) construct what they perceive to be in the world around them made me think of an interesting video on a robot that “learns,” (as well as walks and runs), ASIMO:
James May – ASIMO Robot learns object identity *HQ*
Canonical Book Wiki Page Reflections
I have never read How We Became Posthuman so everything I know about that book comes from the entry I just read. I’m glad I was assigned that work as it is another piece (besides Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) that asks the question “What is human?” To actually consider the body as a type of prosthesis blows my mind! So if being human is actually to float around the shell you’ve been given, then how is that tied to being a type of machine? That sounds more like the idea of spirituality is possible, since it would appear that our humanness is distinct from our materiality. I might pick up this book later. Although now that I’ve read the “Cliff Notes,” maybe I’ve already got the main take-away I’d have gotten if I had read it.
Lev Manovich’s book, The Language of New Media I had read before. I chose to review it because I had read it before. Consequently, I think I made more pointed criticisms of the wiki page, although I thought the draft was a capable start.
Having read these other wiki pages, I think our page would benefit from a table of contents and a small area with the authors’ backgrounds listed.
Peer Review Reflections
So we’re supposed to write a reflection of our peer review experience? I can see reading other people’s recaps as helpful. Giving others input may be helpful, sometimes maybe not. However right now, taking precious time to write out a reflection on the process we just went through (critiquing others with a rubric we were handed and answering these questions) is something I do not anticipate needing to return to six months down the line as I work toward my dissertation. I can see going to the wiki pages other people created, but not the process of my critique. If I’m wrong, I’ll be happy to admit it as soon as I find out I need this information.
Colleague Feedback Reflections
Regarding the input received on our wiki entry for Remediation, Jennifer Buckner and Suzanne Sink were our official reviewers. I was surprised that captions were requested because if they had put their cursor over the images, captions would have (should have?) popped up. The ALT tags are there and they worked for me in IE, but not in my version of Firefox. Granted, I don’t have the latest version of Firefox. Another surprise was the comment that there was a shift in the Conclusion paragraph, which I’m not seeing at all on my computer. I’m happy people liked the images and the decoration. I agree that the decoration should have been used on a few of the latter sections so they didn’t look like they were part of Section III. Overall, I’m thankful for the input.
This greatly surprised me as I have always found Lynda’s tutorials very clear, and I did learn some things from Lynda.com. However, the Essentials course was so enmeshed with an assumption that I knew more than I actually do, it became garbled for me and I started to freak out that I wasn’t going to understand JaveScript enough to create my project.