Read the short essay on this blog (which contextualizes influential essays from the mid 20th century, that still define what we do in new media studies). It prepares you to read an essay I published in early 2003, around the time I was interviewing for my current job at Seton Hill. At that time, Google was still something of a feisty upstart, Wikipedia was just two years old, and iPhone, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube did not exist.
The reading assignment asks you to respond to my article, but also engage with some of my source material (essays by Vannevar Bush and Richard Dawkins), as well as your own experience as a student at a high-tech university. Read More