The Shallows: Prologue and Chapter One

And let’s start with this!

  And this! Fpattern 5MbThe new media are not bridges between man and nature – they are nature…The new media are not ways of relating us to the old world; they are the real world and they reshape what remains of the old world at will. – Marshall McLuhan

 

PROLOGUE

“We are approaching the “technological simulation of consciousness, when the creative process of knowing will be collectively and corporately extended to the whole of human society”

 

This is Marshal Mcluhan; He is dead.

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Playboy

NORMAN MAILER vs MARSHAL McLUHAN!

The debate summarized and explained by our friend, Nicolas Carr

The importance of the text.

Watch the video of Norman Mailer arguing with Marshal McLuhan
Transcript of the video

Marshall McLuhan: talking about the medium is the message.

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CHAPTER ONE, HAL AND ME

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
2001-a-space-odyssey-original

The long cultural shadow of 2001: A Space Odyssey
On The Simpsons

On
Family Guy 

General cartoon appropriations of the film

The Space Odyssey explained

Roger Ebert’s (film critic) thoughts

Connections to other Sci-fi films 

TIFF recently hosted a retrospective of Kubrick’s films and art inspired by them

How much of Kubrick’s vision was scientifically accurate? (Engineering and Technology Magazine)

Internet Resource Archive on 2001

Articles/essays on Google Scholar

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TIMELINE OF COMPUTER HISTORY

When computers say stuff with feelings (Scholarly article)

But, really, how is the internet affecting us?

How the Internet is changing the way we think

Are you really the dumbest generation? And how do you feel about that?

Author of  Interview

PRINTING and READING

Screen vs paper–the differences in comprehension and recall

FpatternF pattern of internet reading

WHY READING is good for you

Reading on screen vs reading on paper, Excellent article on the history of reading, how to understand how reading on screen is different.
• Educational clip about the history of printing and reading
• Gutenberg then vs Gutenberg now: Project Gutenberg

Your Outboard Brain Knows All, Clive Thompson.

And…sigh…yet another indication that the internet/smart phones are rewiring our brains: Phantom Phone Vibrations.


NICHOLAS CARR | General THE SHALLOWS resources

The article that started it all: Is Google Making Us Stupid.–where it started

Counter opinions

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nope!, Philip Davis

And, another anti-Carr response to the question about Google and our collective stupidity.


Nicholas Carr’s
book site | blog

How Google is Changing Your Information-Seeking Behavior, Lab Soft News Blog.

And, if you’re going to use Google, learn to really use it.

PODCASTS + BOOKS + DOCUMENTARIEs

Podcasts
On The Media
Reply All
RadioLab
Internet History Podcast
TLDR
Manners for the Digital Age

BOOKS
You are Not a Gadget and Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier
Alone Together

I Hate The Internet | In the Guardian | In the New York Times

The Circle (Dave Eggars)

DOCUMENTARIES
AFK: The Pirate Bay

Aaron Schwartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

Google and The World Brain

Web Junkie

And, of course, BLACK MIRROR! on Netflix.

 

 

The Shallows: Reading One

An assortment of things relating to Reading One.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
2001-a-space-odyssey-original

On The Simpsons

On
Family Guy 

General cartoon appropriations of the film

The Space Odyssey explained

Roger Ebert’s (film critic) thoughts

Connections to other Sci-fi films 

TIFF recently hosted a retrospective of Kubrick’s films and art inspired by them

How much of Kubrick’s vision was scientifically accurate? (Engineering and Technology Magazine)

Internet Resource Archive on 2001

When computers say stuff with feelings

Articles/essays on Google Scholar

 

And now, on to SEA SLUGS

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Above, Aplysia. This image is from the Thornton Lab at the University of Oregon. (Are you recoiling? Are you not? What does that say about your neuroplasticity?)

PRINTING and READING
• Educational clip about the history of printing and reading
• Gutenberg then vs Gutenberg now: Project Gutenberg

Your Outboard Brain Knows All, Clive Thompson.

And…sigh…yet another indication that the internet/smart phones are rewiring our brains: Phantom Phone Vibrations.

NIETZSCHE’S TYPEWRITER
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Read
about this machine and how it changed Nietzsche’s writing

 

MULTITASKING
Multi-tasking is a lie
. (That’s my summary)
Full academic article.
Summary of new human-information processing skills

 

GOOGLE and THE SHALLOWS
How Google is Changing Your Information-Seeking Behavior, Lab Soft News Blog.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nope!, Philip Davis

The above (Davis essay) is a response to this article in The Atlantic.

And, another anti-Carr response to the question about Google and our collective stupidity.

And, if you’re going to use Google, learn to really use it.

Nicholas Carr’s book site | blog


MIRROR NEURONS

VS Ramachandran: Mirror Neurons

 

NORMAN MAILER vs MARSHAL McLUHAN!
• Watch the video of Norman Mailer arguing with Marshal McLuhan

• Marshall McLuhan: talking about the medium is the message.

Just Remember This, by Michael Greenberg

 

The Shallows, Reading One

A great find by former student, Mary. Hi Mary!

The End of Cursive?

“It’s just not being assessed. That’s the biggie,” she says. “If it’s not assessed, it tends to fall by a little because people are teaching to the test.”

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Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger’s Reading Centre. “But handwriting seems, based on empirical evidence from neuroscience, to play a larger role in the visual recognition and learning of letters.

“This is something one should be aware of in an educational context,” she stresses.

In other words, those who learn to write by hand learn better.

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The End of Cursive? – Article

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aplysia2

Above, a sea slug, Aplysia. This image is from the Thornton Lab at the University of Oregon. (Are you recoiling? Are you not? What does that say about your neuroplasticity?)

• Educational clip about the history of printing and reading
• Gutenberg then vs Gutenberg now: Project Gutenberg

Your Outboard Brain Knows All, Clive Thompson.

And…sigh…yet another indication that the internet/smart phones are rewiring our brains: Phantom Phone Vibrations.

MULTITASKING
Multi-tasking is a lie
. Summary of article. Link to full academic article. (Good to read this in context with the findings about multi-tasking posted in the Weekly Roundup)

Summary of new human-information processing skills

GOOGLE
How Google is Changing Your Information-Seeking Behavior, Lab Soft News Blog.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nope!, Philip Davis

The above (Davis essay) is a response to this article in The Atlantic.

And, another anti-Carr response to the question about Google and our collective stupidity.

And, if you’re going to use Google, learn to really use it.

MIRROR NEURONS
VS Ramachandran: Mirror Neurons

Norman Mailer vs Marshal McLuhan!
• Watch the video of Norman Mailer arguing with Marshal McLuhan

• Marshall McLuhan: talking about the medium is the message.

Just Remember This, by Michael Greenberg

More extensive links about neuroplasticity to come

If you read The Shallows I need your help! If you didn’t read The Shallows, ignore this post.

Hi People!

I’m presenting a paper at the UACC conference. (Academic blah blah blah). I need your help! Part of my paper is about our classes’ experience reading The Shallows and trying to forge habits of sustained concentration in a distracted world.

I know everyone is busy, but it would be great if you could answer the three questions posted below. I’m not using names or any identifying information. Post your responses in the comments or email me at annacox at uoguelph.ca

1. During our class, most of you modified your internet behavior and saw positive results such as:
• increased concentration
• a creative boost due to new habits (i.e. making work on a schedule, not waiting for when you “felt like it”
• improved reading comprehension

Did you maintain the new habits that promote concentration/deep thinking or did you go back to your old habits? If you did return to your pre-The Shallows habits (no judgement—I struggle every day.) can you tell me why?

2. Are you currently making work? If no, skip this question. If yes, are you trying to limit distractions—for example turning off your phone while you are in the studio? If not, why?

3. What elements/concepts/behaviour modifications of The Shallows did you maintain i.e.–reading paper (versus always reading on-screen), limiting multitasking, not interacting with Facebook/twitter/etc first thing in the morning, paying attention to your internet “loops”, understanding that habits become  behaviour? Anything else?

THANKS!-Anna

This semester I’m mostly posting on the Sofamphoto blog.