Feb 28

#EDCMOOC: being human – reasserting the human

I’m horrendously behind with E-learning and Digital Cultures – I’ve not yet looked at the fourth week’s material, but I’m still hoping to get my ‘digital artifact’ in by tonight’s submission deadline. In the meantime, here are my thoughts and reflections on the week three material. The broad topic is ‘being human’ and the threats that technology poses to ‘the human’, and this week’s resources focus on re-asserting the human. Continue reading

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Feb 21

#edcmooc – Being human. A dystopical view in Baumant

Es uno de los libros más esperados del año.

Después de las ocurrencias de Jaron Lanier (que tanto le gustan a Ismael Peña-Lopez) y las brillantes jeremiadas de Evgeny Morozov (el más inteligente entre los apocalípticos), aquí llega por fin el líquido entre los líquidos, el inmarcesible Zygmunt Bauman, que ni es friki ni muy brillante, pero que se ha creado una marca propia (que le deseo que disfrute con salud) que le proporciona una desahogada “liquidez”. Continue reading

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Feb 19

#EDCMOOC: utopias & dystopias – looking to the future (part 3)

In 2009, Rebecca Johnston wrote a paper called ‘Salvation or destruction: Metaphors of the internet’ whilst working towards her PhD. I was surprised to see a relatively old paper on the resource list for the second week of E-learning and Digital Cultures, but actually found it interesting reading. Johnston analysed a sample of editorials from 2008 in the USA, to identify categories of metaphors used for the internet, concluding that there were four main categories: physical space, physical time, salvation and destruction. Continue reading

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Feb 14

#EDCMOOC: utopias & dystopias – looking to the future (part 2)

In addition to the two ad films depicting visions of technology in the future, last week’s E-learning and Digital Cultures content (I’m a bit behind!) included three further short films taking different stances on future technologies, possible uses and misuses of them, and how they might shape society.

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Feb 11

#edcmooc Technology, a utopia turned into dystopia

The rapid development of tecnology throughout the ages has had one major target: to make our lives easier and help us walk towards the future with more knowledge, hence more power in our hands, more developed minds and more abilities. In my opinion, the huan is a creature full of potential that is still unknown. The advancement of technology has opened new doors, the rapid share of information worldwide has made us wiser and we live in a “global community”. Continue reading

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Feb 10

#edcmooc – Morozov contra el mundo. Un reportaje imprescindible sobre el utopismo en la red

El otro día estuve hablando por aquí -y sobre todo en Caos Ordenado Relativo- de un panfleto contra Steve Jobs del bielorruso Evgeny Morozov, que salió como artículo en EEUU y se ha publicado como libro en Italia.

Morozov es uno de los críticos más agudos de lo que llama “utopías tecnológicas”, es decir, de la euforia desmedida que está provocando el desarrollo de la red en todos los ámbitos del ser humano, desde la política a la educación. Continue reading

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Feb 10

#EDCMOOC: utopias & dystopias – looking to the future (part 1)

The second week of the E-learning and Digital Cultures course still centres on utopian and dystopian accounts of technology. Where last week looked at past accounts of our existing relationship with technology, the films this week explore ideas of the future of digital culture.

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Feb 07

#edcmooc – El äppärät distópico de Shteyngart

Estoy leyendo a saltos la tercera obra de uno de los pocos novelistas contemporáneos que no me aburre: Super Sad True Love Story, de Gary Shteyngart (Leningrado, 1972).

Se trata de una distopía de 350 páginas que algunos consideran, exageradamente, una especie de 1984 del siglo XXI. Continue reading

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Feb 07

#EDCMOOC: utopias & dystopias – looking to the past (part 2)

As well as the videos covered in my last post, the resources for the first week of Edinburgh University’s E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC included a paper by Daniel Chandler about technological determinism. Ultimately the paper is a rejection of technological determinism, with the author describing the theory as ‘reductive’ and technocentric.

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Feb 07

Charlie 13

As a part of my course about E-learning and Digital Cultures (EDCMOOC), I’ve watched this film: Charlie 13. In this film, a kid is about to become 13, the age when you’re implanted a chip so you’re controlled forever. But … Continue reading

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