Tag: media

Thinking Better with Machines, Part II

I’ve long ago given up arguing with people who say it’s not imperative to understand the history and philosophy of network software tools in order to use modern tools effectively. I disagree with their point of view. Certainly their lack…

Thinking Better with Machines

I’ve been teaching a version of my Introduction to Social Media course since 2002. Throughout the years, I’ve vacillated between a course on thinking and a course on building a social website. After years of experimenting, I’ve finally settled on…

“White Like Me”

When I first read Black Like Me in high school, I was sick to my stomach for two reason: This was the first time I experienced a hopeless despair about humanity. I wasn’t reading history (although it was set twenty…

Douglas Engelbart: The Mother of All Demos

Douglass Engelbart passed away today. You probably don’t know his name but you should. He invented the computer mouse. He helped develop hypertext (those hyperlink thingies, for instance) networked computing, and pushed forward the field of human-computer interaction (that thing…

On Race, On Gender, On Life as Artist

I spent 30 minutes watching this discussion between Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle this morning, and when it ended I couldn’t believe how quickly the time had gone by. In general, I avoid listening to people analyze large conceptual ideas…

Transmedia Indiana: The Project

In 2010, Professors Jennifer George-Palilonis and Brad King received a Provost Immersive Learning grant for Transmedia Indiana, a 30-student, year-long project to create a fictionalized story using real-world objects from the Indiana State Museum. The Avenue of Truth, which will…

Mag: Evan Ratliff Speaks

Hello Students: As I mentioned in class, Evan Ratliff – who wrote the piece “Vanish” for Wired – is an old friend of mine. And his piece was just nominated for a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. We hung…

College Innovation Grants

Hello Students: Sarah Krueger, Marketing Specialist, RGK Foundation at the University of Texas (Austin, TX) >The RGK Foundation is a collegiate philanthropic organization that seeks to fund ideas college students have to change the world. But Sarah and I met…