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The Memex

From Memex to YouTube: Cognition, Learning, and the Internet, Spring 2013

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m. TR East Ambler Johnston 1406 (Senior Commons Room)
Dr. Gardner Campbell
Office: Torgersen 1200A/ 831-8035 / gardner.campbell AT vt.edu/
Office Hrs. TR 2-3 p.m. & by appt.

Two Goals: Knowing and Making

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."


Primary print text: ''The New Media Reader'' (MIT Press, 2003).
Course motherblog:https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/vtclis13

NB: If you have a laptop, please bring it to each class meeting. If you do not have a laptop, see me and I will make other arrangements for you.

1/22/13 Introduction: Web 2.0 orientation and challenge.Wesch,Robbie Dingo. Course benchmarks:MOAD,Philip,Showcase;Alexis,ELI Conference. Last semester's motherblog. This semester?.
Blogs at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu. Social bookmarking at http://www.delicious.com, Twitter (unlocked) at www.twitter.com. Nuggets: what are they and how do you use them?
THE META TEAM (for final project).

1/24/13 Set up your blog, and your Twitter and Delicious accounts (if you already have accounts, you're good to go). Read "The Internet: everything you ever need to know." Pick the numbered item that was most interesting, or strange, or confusing, or surprising, and blog about your response. Be sure to quote the exact language that you're discussing! The words matter. Then a) tweet an observation about your item, and use the class hashtag of #vtclis13. Then google around and find some related materials (google Naughton, or internet, or something related to your item) on the web. Bookmark at least three of them to Delicious, using the class tag vtclis13 (just like the Twitter hashtag but without the # sign).

1/29/13 READ: Preface; Introductions by Janet Murray and Lev Manovich (excerpts; links are to downloadable pdfs from publisher site). Identify nuggets. Juxtapose and blog on two nuggets.

1/31/13 READ: Bush, "As We May Think."
Supplementary: Bruner, excerpts from Toward a Theory of Instruction and The Culture of Education

2/5/13 READ: Licklider, "Man-Computer Symbiosis."
Supplementary: chapter from Dream Machine

2/7/13 READ: Engelbart, from "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework."
Supplementary: IT Conversations Engelbart presentation, Engelbart interview.

2/12/13 VIEW (ahead of class): Engelbart et al., "1968 Demo" (CD-ROM in text). Continue discussion of Engelbart essay.

2/14/13 READ: Engelbart/English, "A Research Center for Augmenting Human Intellect."
New York Times article on increasing fluid intellect. Robert Frost on
"The Figure a Poem Makes" and "The Constant Symbol,"

2/19/13 Learning Objectives: come to class for discussion, compilation.

2/21/13 READ: Nelson, from "Computer Lib / Dream Machines."

2/26/13 Continue discussion of Nelson. Introduction to Second Life.

2/28/13 READ:Kay/Goldberg, "Personal Dynamic Media." More Second Life orientation. Seminar Presenter:

3/5/13 McLuhan, selections from "The Gutenberg Galaxy" and "The Medium is the Message." Seminar Presenter: David Henry
Supplementary: chapter from Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology

3/7/13 READ: Laurel: "The Six Elements and the Causal Relations Among Them" and "Star Raiders:Dramatic Interaction in a Small World" Seminar Presenter:

3/19/13 READ: McCloud, "Time Frames." Seminar Presenter:

3/21/13 READ: Continue discussion of McCloud. Seminar Presenter:

3/26/13 READ: Viola, "Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space?" Seminar Presenter:

3/28/13 READ: Chapter 6, "Learning Webs," from Ivan Illich'sDeschooling Society (online at http://deschoolingsociety.digress.it/learning-webs/). Seminar Presenter:Brooke Baugher

4/2/12 READ:Morningstar and Farmer, "The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat." Seminar Presenter: Adam Burke

4/4/11 READ: Simak, "Immigrant" (to discuss in class). Seminar Presenter: Darren
Additional Reading: Asimov, "Profession," Vinge, "Fast Times at Fairmont High," Padgett, "Mimsy Were The Borogoves," Hadette Elgin, "For The Sake Of Grace."

4/9/13 READ: Papert, "Mindstorms." Seminar Presenter:
Additional Reading: Papert, "Why School Reform is Impossible," "Gears" from "Falling for Science."

4/11/13 READ: Turkel, "Video Games and Computer Holding Power." Seminar Presenter:
Additional Reading: Turkel, from "Falling For Science"

4/16/13 Final project workday

4/18/13 READ: Berners-Lee et al., "The World Wide Web." Seminar presenter:

4/23/13 Conclusion

Final Projects S13

4/25/13 Final projects presentation 1

4/30/13 Final projects presentation 2 David Henry

5/2/13 Final projects presentation 3 Adam, Darren

5/7/13 Final projects presentations 4: Brooke, Nathaniel

5/11/13 FINAL EXAM (3:25 p.m.-5:25 p.m.)


* One substantive blog post per class meeting, faithfully. For best results, publish your blog post by 10 p.m. the night preceding the class meeting.
* One substantive comment on a classmate's blog per class meeting, faithfully.
* Robust participation in del.icio.us.
* Robust participation in class discussions, informed by faithful, careful work with assigned readings.
* Robust participation in Twitter commentary.
* Seminar presentation.
* Final project (accompanied by a written component, including a self-evaluation).
* Final project presentation.
* Final exam.


Blogs, comments, robust participation in class and online activities as above: 30%
Final project, including written component and presentation: 35%
Final exam: 20%
Seminar presentation 15%


Delicious and blogs:vtclis13
Tag for Twitter: #vtclis13


Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.
Be on time and give our class meetings your full, ferocious attention.
Be a great colleague.
Virginia Tech's Honor Code and attendance policies are in effect for this course of study.

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