Media: Globalization

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A Brief History of Globalization, by Alex MacGillivary

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Reveals that the major turning points in history were changes in the predominant media:

150,000 years ago Advent of Sequential Man – Global Culture

15,000 years ago Advent of Numeral Man – Global Agriculture

5,000 years ago Advent of Literal Man – Global Literature

500 years ago Advent of Graphical Man – Global Mapping

125 years ago Advent of Chronal Man – Global Time Zones

100 years ago Advent of Audial Man – Global Radio

75 years ago Advent of Visual Man – Global Television

50 years ago Advent of Virtual Sequential Man – Global Satellite

25 years ago Advent of Virtual Numerical Man – Global Internet

0 years ago Advent of Virtual Literal Man – Global Social Networks

Do you see a pattern?

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Internet: It’s Complicated

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There is a problem with the internet.  It has forgotten its roots.  It has forgotten HTML.  It has forgotten LaTeX. It has forgotten WordPerfect.  It has forgotten television.  It has forgotten radio.  It has forgotten film.  It has forgotten phonographs.  It has forgotten photographs.  It has forgotten the Gutenberg Press.  It has forgotten the Alphabet.  It has forgotten Arabic Numerals.  It has forgotten Hieroglyphics.  It has forgotten music.  It has forgotten speech.

The internet is fascinated with digital waveforms.  They don’t realize that digital waveforms are phenomenally primitive.  As a consequence the internet is phenomenally complicated.  We have a whole generation trying to use metaphors of analog media equipment represented on digital media equipment.  It is complete crap and it does not occur to anyone.  Word processors are crap.  Spreadsheets are crap.  Presentations are crap.  Vector Graphics are crap.  Audios are crap.  Videos are crap.  Their formats and editors are crap.  Complex useless crap that many people are making a good living making more complicated to guarantee their meal tickets and they don’t even know it.  They use words like “organic”, “innovative”, “2.0”, “web”, “village”, “technology”, “entertainment”, “design”, “thinking”, “visual”, “global”, “climate”, “change”, “open”, “source”, “search”, “apple”, “i”, “my”, “face”, “google”, “twit”, “social”, “network”, “pirate”.  They hire lots of “numerati”, “literati”, “vidirati”, “audirati”, “timerati”, “grapherati”.  The words are meaningless and the people don’t know their assholes from first base.  They measure their credibility by their credit rating.

You ask them a “Simple” question and you get the “Complex” answer.  They don’t hear the question and don’t speak the answer.

They are shotgun happy pretending to be rifle sad.

Simplicity eats when it is hungry, sleeps when it is tired, doesn’t work or play.  Simplicity never leaves and never arrives.  Simplicity neither asks nor tells the time.  Simplicity is the crooked path that is the shortest distance.  Simplicity is periodic and chaotic.  Simplicity folows but has no leaders; leads but has no followers.

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Literacy and Numeracy: Who Needs Them?

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When Plato was teaching his students he was often frustrated by their note taking and reference to written records.  Plato was of the opinion that the new technology of literacy was creating a generation that was unable to think and meditate on what they were learning because of their dependency on the written word.

Today, technology is providing us with a broad array of new media with which we record, replay, produce, publish, communicate and collaborate without using literacy or numeracy.  Academics, publishers and governments are alarmed at declines in the reading of printed publications and student’s declining performance in the classroom.  They are claiming that “computeracy” is creating a generation that cannot read, write or perform mathematical operations because of their dependency on digital communication.

The truth is literacy and numeracy are simply primitive techniques for encoding information.  Composition and mathematics are just a bag of mental tricks for processing information.  And most of us do most of it poorly anyway.

Grieving over the loss of literacy and numeracy is like grieving over the inability to weave cloth or tailor one’s own clothes.  Computers have made literacy and numeracy very much like the mechanization of textile production.

What is happening in classrooms, to publisher’s sales and bureaucracy is not a decline in the intelligence of our next generation.  It is an increasing obsolescence of traditional literacy and numeracy.

Our children are not thinking at lower levels.  Instead, they are not wasting time with the mental effort required to mechanically process at the level of traditional literacy and numeracy and applying themselves to higher level thought.

The current method of submitting papers for peer review is completely obsolete.  HTML was an attempt to take the primitive technology of the printed page, reference and citation and emulate it with the small addition of hyperlinks.

The yet to be fully realized method of academic publication will be the publication of databases containing problem and hypothesis, subjects and researchers, schemas and forms, data and queries, measures and units, amounts and currencies, results and conclusions all available for peer review and public consumption–research databases and white databases.  And beyond that entire models in common formats which we are seeing in Computer Assisted Design Systems and Geographic Information Systems, for example.

This new generation using new media is modeling the universe in ways and at scales that were impossible with pen, paper and chalkboard.  They are even beyond printing press, radio, television, recorded audio, recorded video and most physical storage.  And the new generation can already interact globally in all of these new media.

Where are the people that are supposedly preparing them for life in this new world?  Complaining that their students are not interested in reading text books.  Even pumping normal children full of Ritalin to deny they as educators are not worthy of their students’ attention.

If You Don’t Like the Speed, Get Off the Ride

We have lived in “exponential times” since the big bang (if there was one)

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The Vaio is Dead! Long Live the iMac!

It’s a big day here in relationary land.  My trusty Sony Vaio had a physical hard disk failure.  Repair would cost one quarter of the purchase price and weeks between Sony and back.  Fortunately, I do most of my work on Google Docs at home and I backup my iTunes library.  So I went to the local high profile electronics dealer and asked the sales rep what I could get for the original purchase price of a four year old Sony Viao.  The answer was a top of the line iMac and in a matter of 20 minutes for financing I walked out with a big box in hand.

When I reached my apartment and pulled the iMac Box out of the brown cardboard shipping box I looked at the thing and decided to clean my entire apartment in preparation.  This was like bringing my dream date home.  I unpacked the computer and set it up on my desk.  I realized that I would have to get a new chair so I would not hurt my neck looking up into the screen which was bigger than my television display.  Then I turned it on.

Everything about the machine, the OS and the software is superior.  This is American design, Californian design at its finest.  I showed it to my friend and he told me to take time to get a little sleep every night.

I celebrated by downloading a complete Mozart collection from iTunes.  The sound is great.  I’ll be giving away my Vaio, my DVD player and my television set.  I think I will give up my land line and buy an iPhone, too.

iMac, where have you been all my life?