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Awakening the Digital Imagination: A Networked Faculty-Staff Development Seminar

Fall 2013
Most every week from September 18 (week of September 16) to December 11 (week of December 9).
VCU "mothership" meets Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Network Coordinator: Gardner Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University
Office: Academic Learning Commons, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23 / 904.424.4842/ wgcampbell AT vcu.edu/

From the editors' preface:
"Understanding new media is almost impossible for those who aren't actively involved in the experience of new media; for deep understanding, actually creating new media projects is essential to grasping their workings and poetics. The ideas described in these selections can open important new creative areas for beginners and professionals alike."

The Seminar Network: Tags and URLs

  • System-Wide Aggregation Portal (syndicates all Seminar Network activity):TBD (coming soon)
  • System-Wide Delicious tag
  • System-Wide Tweets at Twitter (hashtag #nmfs-f13)
  • Photos at Flickr(seminar tag: )
  • Mother Blog:http://nmfs.us/nmfs-f13/

Primary print text: ''
The New Media Reader'' (MIT Press, 2003).

Sept. 18: Editors' Preface; Janet Murray, "Introduction" (pdf excerpt download)
Web 2.0 / networked seminar orientation
Videos in today's session:
Douglas Engelbart, introduction to "The Mother of All Demos" (1968)
Mike Wesch, "The Machine is Us/ing Us" (2007)
Gateway page for signing up for a blog on the VCU WordPress system ()

September 25:Vannevar Bush, "As We May Think"
Resources: Brief video interview with Edward R. Murrow and Vannevar Bush (listen for correct pronunciation of Bush's name!)
Plain Text copy of Science, the Endless Frontier (Bush report to FDR, founding document of NSF)

Oct. 2: Norbert Wiener, "Men, Machines, and the World About"; J. C. R. Licklider, "Man-Computer Symbiosis"
See also Tim O'Reilly's Zeitgest 2011 presentation
Bret Victor's worrydream.com, particularly the MIT Media Lab presentation on "Media for Thinking the Unthinkable"

Oct. 9: Doug Engelbart "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework"

Oct. 16: Ted Nelson, "Computer Lib / Dream Machines"
VCU Seminar Leaders: Zach Goodell, Mike Abelson

Oct. 23: Alan Kay/Adele Goldberg, "Personal Dynamic Media"
VCU Seminar Leaders: Jon Becker

Oct. 30: Marshall McLuhan, excerpts from Gutenberg Galaxy, also "The Medium is the Message" (from Understanding Media)
VCU Seminar Leaders: Joan Pellegrini

Nov. 6: Bill Viola, "Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space?"
VCU Seminar Leaders:Melissa Johnson
Viola's Website:http://www.billviola.com/index.htm

Nov. 13: Brenda Laurel, "The Six Elements and the Causal Relations Among Them" and "Star Raiders: Dramatic Interaction in a Small World"
VCU Seminar Leaders: Amy Colombo

Nov. 20: Sherry Turkle, "Video Games and Computer Holding Power"
VCU Seminar Leaders: Laura Gogia

Dec. 4: Chapter 7, "Learning Webs," from Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society. Online at http://deschoolingsociety.digress.it/learning-webs/. Alternate site: http://www.preservenet.com/theory/Illich/Deschooling/chap6.html
VCU Seminar Leaders: Daphne Rankin, Jessica Gordon

Dec. 11: Scott McCloud, "Time Frames" (for further reading, Tim Berners-Lee, "The World Wide Web")
VCU Seminar Leaders:Tom Nelson, Eric Johnson

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