Links of the Day: Reality is Not Enough

10 takes on Europe | Presseurop – English
Monday, January 17, 2011 2:49 PM

“Presseurop invited a selection of ten European authors and analysts, including well-known writers and new voices, to write about their vision of Europe, and their understanding of how ongoing events will affect their lives and the future of all European citizens.”


David Parry | “Using Twitter — But Not in the Classroom”
Monday, January 17, 2011 12:58 PM

“At least on the surface level it seems utterly ridiculous that a communication technology that limits conversational utterances to 140 characters might be of use in a classroom setting. Twitter seems to foster two of the cultural practices we often work so hard to resist in the classroom: reductive communication utterances and egoistic self-absorption. As a professor, I see it as one of my jobs to maximize the signal of discussion while limiting the noise, and a cursory examination of Twitter might suggest that it involves way too much noise to be of any pedagogical value. But surprisingly, I would like to suggest, microblogging, and in this case specifically Twitter, my microblogging platform of choice, can actually prove useful. Indeed, I find it to be one of the social media tools with the highest pedagogical return.”

——- ” The future is here, but it’s incomplete”
Monday, January 17, 2011 12:52 PM
“Our Baudrillardian hyper-reality is one in which world-altering inventions must be instantly integrated into our lives or we begin to fall behind, to fall out of reality. If you met someone who didn’t use a cellphone or computer and had no idea what the internet was, would you say that person shared your reality? Really? In addition to the risk of being outrun by reality, the strangeness, the alienation of our daily experience of the future comes from the fact that our future is partial. Yes, we have smartphones and internet-everything, but we don’t have genetic engineering or neural-implants or human clones or surgical nano-bots or teleportation. Different areas of science enter the future at different rates. We don’t notice the current wave of innovation we’re riding, only the fields lagging behind. The future is here, but it’s incomplete.”

Saving this last one because the quote might be useful for a new media presentation I’m giving.


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