Agenda: Class 4

ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar

"If anything, these distractions have begun to serve an almost accidental function: They give people a false sense of shrewdness. Once anyone penetrates the Net's first few layers of junk, it's easy to think that the hard work has been done and that whatever information remains should be relatively solid. When it comes to learning the principles of academic research, nothing could be further from the truth." --Oppenheimer, p. 156

"Are these the values we want influencing our children." --Healy, p. 34

"The most interactive experience you ever had with your computer is less interactive than the most meaningless experience you ever had with your cat!" --Tom Snyder (as cited in Healy, p. 39)

"And this is where I begin. The questions for the future are not whether children will love their robot companions more than their pets or even their parents. The questions are rather, What will love be? And what will it mean to achieve ever-greater intimacy with our machines? Are we ready to see ourselves in the mirror of the machine and to see love as our performances of love?" --Turkle, p. 138

"Nurturance was the killer app for robotics. Tending the robots incited our engagement. There is a parallel for the networked life. Always on and (now) always with us, we tend the Net, and the Net teaches us to need it." --Turkle, p. 154

"I have come to value the few remaining quiet places in the world. They remind us that there are things that must be thought about in the privacy of one's own mind, not in the presence of fragmented, graphical interfaces, or chattering printers, or beeping, blinking video displays. Thought about--with an investment of interpretive effort and critical skill, not simply, passively registered as a stimulus or clicked-on like a hypertext button." Roszak, p. 200

"The self shaped in a world of rapid response measures success by calls made, e-mails answered, texts replied to, contacts reached. This self is calibrated on the basis of what technology proposes, by what it makes easy. But in the technology-induced pressure for volume and velocity, we confront a paradox. We insist that our world is increasingly complex, yet we have created a communications culture that has decreased the time available for us to sit and think uninterrupted. As we communicate in ways that ask for almost instantaneous responses, we don’t allow sufficient space to consider complicated problems." --Turkle, p. 166

"Social media ask us to represent ourselves in simplified ways. And then, faced with an audience, we feel pressure to conform to these simplifications." --Turkle, p. 185

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