Weekly Roundup

A series of scholarly or popular articles relating to class readings and discussions

Google’s buys NEST.
Article in The Guardian
Don’t know the call came from inside the house reference? Overview | TV/Movie Tropes | The movie (I think the entire thing is on YouTube).

Paramount Studios says, No more film.

On a related note, an exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre (are you in Photo? Join us on Friday’s bus trip) that explores the demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms.

A recent court you should care about.
And, relating to that case, three things no one
Three dangers of losing net neutrality


A counter argument to the idea that technology is driving us apart.

Pay special attention to this article because we will be reading excerpts from “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other” by Sherry Turkle.
TED talk by Sherry Turkle

The dream of the medical tricorder

Good news for Sally and Ashley, maybe.

Medical technology: The hand-held diagnostic devices seen on “Star Trek” are inspiring a host of medical add-ons for smartphones


The Network

With the advent of new technologies people start to worry about the effect it will have on our lives. The video posted earlier about the baby trying to turn the page on the magazine, and failing, was a good example. Do you think this video, stating that “the tube” is gospel and an illusion, is an overreaction to the influence media has on our lives, or do you think this is a valid claim? Do you think the News always gives us the news, unbiased and true? And what does it mean when you broaden the term “tube” to include the internet? Many people will claim that the internet has made it easier for people to find “the truth.” How does it make you feel when you learn about things like SOPA and PIPA? Does this mean that we are too dependent on the internet and media?

By the way, if you haven’t seen The Network, you should watch it.