Avatars of the Word – O’Donnell– 2: The Instability of Text

June 22nd, 2010

O’Donnell, J. J. (2000). Avatars of the word: From papyrus to cyberspace: Harvard University Press.

In this chapter, O’Donnell discusses the instability and, in some ways (un)reliability, of the written word in both printed and electronic form. The printed format is generally a far cry more consistent than the pre-Gutenberg manuscript format. However, upon closer examination, there exists a possibility for much inconsistency and even access ephemerality. “It is surprising what variations can occur between one printed edition of the same book and another…” (44). Read the rest of this entry »

Is a blind man’s cane part of the man?

June 20th, 2010

Based on a question I found in Hayles’ book originally posed by a professor (Gregory Bateson) to his graduate students, I queried “Is a blind man’s cane part of the man?” on my Facebook page. This launched one of the longer conversations I’ve had on FB, the culmination of which is worth repurposing into a post. As Socrates would see it, it was a rubbing together of minds through dialogue lead to a spark of illumination. So, here is an essay of my perspective on the matter formulated due to, and based on, that conversation with special thanks to Ronda W., Duglas K, Amanda B., Mark C., Lisa C-S, Cris B, Michael S., and Kim E.

This question stems from my reading this week of Hayles’ “How We Became Posthuman.” From my perception, the cane is part of the man. It is merely one example in the discussion that all tools are extensions of ourselves (a point I’ve touched on in last week’s blog posts on McLuhan and Hayles). The cane operates as part of the man’s body, it acts as an extension of his hand, being part of his working perception of the world (perception of the working world?). Read the rest of this entry »

12 Seconds

November 11th, 2008

I was recently introduced to 12 seconds. It is another online video site. However, with this one, you only get 12 seconds to say what you need to say. At first thought, this might seem a questionable format, as there is little one can say in a mere 12 seconds. However, Read the rest of this entry »

Post PodcampAZ 08

November 9th, 2008

PodcampAZLast week, I attended and presented both days at PodcampAZ 08.
time at podcamp

It was truly an excellent event at which I met many great people. Much networking, exchanged social capital, and gained inspiration. Read the rest of this entry »

ATTW Conference Presentation Proposal

October 24th, 2008

Here is the proposal I am submitting for the 2009 ATTW Conference:

Simulating Synchronicity in the Online Classroom Through Embedded Audio-Visual Discussions Read the rest of this entry »