January 24, 2008 Archives
If you look at the top of this page and click the "Outline" tab, you'll see the list of all the readings and due dates.
If you're ever feel unsure of what to do on a particular assignment, or you're working ahead and you would like for me to flesh out a particular page, just send me an e-mail or post a comment on the blog, and I'll tend to it as soon as I can.
For every assigned text in the course that gets its own item on the Outline page, including an article, a section from a book, or some other document, I am asking every student to use the RRRR sequence contribute to an online discussion.
First we will start out simply posting a comment to the appropriate page on the course website.
But once everyone has had some time to experiment with the SHU weblog system, I'm asking for everyone to employ the following four-step process, designed to prepare for a productive online discussion.
oral -> manuscript -> print -> digitalThese eras overlap; all modes of communication continue to exist to the present day, but their function in society changes.
- personal (one-to-one; one[-speaker]-to-many[-listeners])
- memory and improvisation (the agora & the courts)
- limitation: the sound of the human voice
- private (one-to-one; several-to-several)
- scarcity and fidelity (scriptoria and the church)
access to writing materials; access to written documents (for study or
copying); hundreds of hours of precision labor for each book
- public (one-to-many)
- accuracy and efficiency (standardized manufacture, standardized education, university culture)
- limitations: cheap paper only lasts a few centuries; competition favors authors with mass audiences; mistakes harder to correct
- impersonal (many-to-many)
- immediacy and interactivity (erosion of privacy, erosion of print culture borders)
- limitations: spam & crap; competing notions of "ownership" (file-sharing and digital rights)