TtTA for Thursday, 29 Sep

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When you woke up this morning, you probably didn’t know you were going to be programming an egg-boiling machine, did you?

First, a reminder of the brief assignment I’d like you to complete based on today’s discussion:

  1. Complete steps 2-5 by Wednesday afternoon.
  2. Create a new blog post; title it “PoNM: Numerical Representation and Modularity”
  3. Describe one or two different specific examples in use today of each of these two principles (total of 2-4 examples). Go back to the Manovich reading as a resource if you need more help understanding either concept.
  4. In your post, add links to something on the web that illuminates each of your 2-4 descriptions (for example, if you were using Diigo as an example of modularity, you could link to the home page, Diigo.com).
  5. Publish your post to your blog.
  6. Wednesday evening, go to the Hubblog home page. Find the link to your blog in the Blog Authors widget at the bottom of the page. Click on the link to the blog below yours (or wrap around to the top).
  7. Read their PoNM post and add a comment that answers the following questions:
    • Which of these examples is also illustrative of another of Manovich’s Principles (either Automation or Variability)? How so? (Again, if you’re not sure, consult the Manovich reading.  If you’re still not sure, give it your best shot. 🙂

Second, we’ll pick up where we left off with Manovich’s principles and then start to look at some examples of cultural changes they have brought about.  To that end, I’d like you to also read the two blog posts and listen to the audio interview linked in the comment on the Schedule.  They each address issues of what we might call “information overload” or “filter failure”:

As you read, consider the ways numerical representation, modularity, automation, and variability are involved in the problems these authors are describing. Why weren’t these things issues in previous media eras like broadcasting or print? What is it about digital networked media that makes these situations more common?

We’ll also come back around to Sloan and Baio if we have time.

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