Archive for January, 2011

January 29, 2011

Marshall McLuhan: I read only the right-hand page

Short video excerpt from the new website, Marshall McLuhan Speaks: “My Reading Habits” (1967)

Serious books he reads on the right hand only; frivolous books he reads every word.

January 23, 2011

Sherry Turkle with Colbert

From The Colbert Report (January 17, 2011): in an interview about her new book, Alone Together, Sherry Turkle makes the case for managing our relationship to technology. Turkle: “Some arguments really do take the long form. Some arguments really do take a book.”

January 22, 2011

More quantitative studies of “knowledge work”

In addition to the NEA studies about reading and the UC San Diego study of information consumption, we might consider some of the data from the study of academic performance by college students that I mentioned on Thursday:

stats from Academically Adrift

Second there is the Academic Time Use Survey for College Students (more data on Bureau of Labor Statistics website):

BLS time use chart

January 19, 2011

In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers

From the NY Times (January 17, 2011):

“On the first day of her senior year at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Naomi Baptiste expected to be greeted by a teacher when she walked into her precalculus class. ‘All there were were computers in the class,’ said Naomi, who walked into a room of confused students. ‘We found out that over the summer they signed us up for these courses.’ Naomi is one of over 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools enrolled in a program in which core subjects are taken using computers in a classroom with no teacher. A ‘facilitator’ is in the room to make sure students progress. That person also deals with any technical problems.”

January 15, 2011

Discussion of “Growing up Digital, Wired for Distraction”

Post your responses here as comments…

January 13, 2011

“How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis”

Clive Thompson, “How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis,” Wired (December 27, 2010)

“We’re often told that the Internet has destroyed people’s patience for long, well-thought-out arguments. After all, the ascendant discussions of our day are text messages, tweets, and status updates. The popularity of this endless fire hose of teensy utterances means we’ve lost our appetite for consuming—and creating—slower, reasoned contemplation. Right?

I’m not so sure. In fact, I think something much more complex and interesting is happening: The torrent of short-form thinking is actually a catalyst for more long-form meditation….”