Ong and Heim on Digital Literacy & Transformation Theory

February 29th, 2008

Heim, Michael. 1999 (orig. 1987). “The Theory of Transformative Technologies.” Electric Language, 2nd edition. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Ong, Walter. 1982. “Some Theorems.” Orality and Literacy. New York: Routledge.

Here are a couple articles/chapters and the questions I was asked related to them: Read the rest of this entry »

Foucault and Feenberg on Truth and Technology

February 27th, 2008

A few weeks ago, I read the following pieces from Feenberg and Foucault.

Feenberg, Andrew. 2002. “The Critical Theory of Technology.” Transforming Technology: A Critical Theory
Revisited. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Foucault, Michel. 1984. “Truth and Power” & “What Is an Author?” The Foucault Reader. Ed. Paul Rabinow. New
York: Pantheon Books.

Following this reading, I had three questions posed: Read the rest of this entry »

Derrida – On the Demise of Language Through Writing (Part 2)

February 3rd, 2008

Last week, I had three questions posed on recent readings of Derrida. Here are the questions and my responses.

While Birkerts lays out a clear demarcation between electronic and print writing, Derrida writes in the pre-Internet era. If you were to hypothesize how Derrida would treat the relationship between print and electronic “text,” what would you say his treatment would be and why? Read the rest of this entry »