MCLuhan and Theodore Nelson

There seems to be parallel in Two Selection by M. McLuhan and Computer Lib by Theodore Nelson. Both consider computer as media form. For McLuhan, media overwhelm the importance of content, where Nelson resound what McLuhan's idea of media by redesigning the media. Nelson's compare the media we lived in with that fish living in the water.

In Nelson's Dream machine he presented his observation how the computer professionals has at most part kept the sacred know how to themselves where the public is kept at bay.

Blog#4: Media Change

We may call McLuhan the first father of the electronic age. His famous article "The Medium is the Message", provides outstanding thoughts about medium. The way we see the medium is the medium and the message is the message is not right in McLuhan's eyes. For him the medium is the message. It is the same thing. The meaning of message will depend on the medium. In the past we believe that it was the form that was creative, but now we believe it is the content that is creative because the medium is the message in itself. In addition, the medium is an extension of human senses.

Blog#3: Literary Contexts


I didn't understand "The Garden of Forking Paths" by Jorge Luis Borges. I usually read only the textbooks used in class and have never read novels or fiction in the English language before, which make it difficult for me. It is the same as when I read newspapers in the English language, the language that journalists use is different from that in the textbooks that I study in classes. I hope someone can help me understand what points Borges wishes to make.

Hypertext and Critical Theory


In Hypertext and Critical Theory, George Landau explains that hypertext is cluster of words that linked to other words or images in infinity. Then, what define reading? Before the proliferation of internet, people are accustomed to reading books by having that book physically present either holding the book or place it on the book stand.
With the advances in technology, reading now becomes an exercise of click of a mouse.

Blog#2: Historical Contexts

In the article, As We May Think by Vannevar Bush, the author predicted technology in the future. The author wrote this article in 1945 and it impresses me so much that it seems like he knows what will be the technology of 21st century. He predicted the World Wide Web, hypertext, personal computer, speech recognition and Wikipedia. I have heard a funny story from someone that when scientists wish to create new inventions, they ask sci-fi Hollywood directors what they are going to have in their new movies. Like Einstein said, imagination is more important than knowledge.

Computing Machinery and Intelligence


Computing Machinery and Intelligence

In Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Turing mentioned how or is it possible to have thinking machines? He argued from a point of view of suppose there are three separate individual: man or women, and the third being a moderator in order to guess who are the other two individual men or women? The function of the moderator is actually the thinking machines. The Imitation Game is what he would call such process.



So it occurs to me that it might have been good for me to give you at least a brief intro to the use of Drupal, in case you haven't used it before. Having failed to do that, here are at least a few tips:

  • You have to log in in order to post, so make sure you do.



As the hard copy of the syllabus I gave you indicates, this course has two websites, this one on my own teaching website,, and one on Claremont Conversation ( You may use either or both of them for your blogging purposes. Near the end of the semester, I'd like us to talk some about the relative merits and difficulties of these two different technologies -- how easy or complex they are to work with, how pleasant (or not) they are to read, what kinds of interaction they facilitate or prohibit.

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