I have been repeatedly pulled in by various plausible and intelligent thinkers.
- Marshall McLuhan
- Nicholas Carr
- Malcolm Gladwell
They may motivate people to take a closer interest but are without exception populist, picking references that support their thesis to convince the gullible of the new world order. Marc Prensky is garbage from beginnign to end so I cannot understand how the OU has been suckered into pedaling his ill-informed perspective - unless to prevoke debate.
Marshall McLuhan sounded plausible in 1960 but can be shown to have got it wrong - an irrelevance then and of no value to consider today. Nicholas Carr is no better - his goal is to sell books only.
14 years ago my first blog post was 'What's new about new media? Not much'.
As a historian/geographer I simply could not see it this way, in space or time, it wasn't the case that what we were experiencing was very much different to shifts driven by technology that have occurred over the millennia.
But this thesis, 'business as usual' doesn't get you noticed, or heard, or recognised, or making a living selling books or standing up in conferences. There must be an aspect of being human that favours the new against all else. Which explains a good deal. Geographers think in millions of years, Historians in thousands.
Most of us can barely reflect on the tiny period of our own existence ... which is why weather phenomena, technology and war seem of the times.
Smarty Pants will rule!
Clearly a popularist title for the book I am yet to write - on the coming of wearable technology. Starting in our underwear - are we fit? are we agile? what's are heart rate doing? how does this relate to the context of our lives? If the data might save or improve our lives why not?
And a button-sized camera at this level would give an interesting take on the world.
Who remembers the 'Wicked Willy' cartoons?
Though seeing a world through his lens might be a dangerous though intriguing place to go.
I've thought it, someone in California has probably been doing it for the last three years