Kristen's blog

a note about em's presentation

i think one of the concepts em's picking up on is the /power/ of the interactive narrative of gaming. although there are sitcoms that are problematic in terms of colonization, we might argue that /games/ are a more powerful version of colonialization because players are invited into an interactive world.

oh. em basically just said that. lol.

My Presentation

For my presentation, I wanted to cover the readings we'd skipped. Thus, rather than /lead/ a discussion, I am sort of throwing some information at you so as to give you 1) some overviews/summaries of each of the reading Sam assigned for last week and 2) a modest and brief discussion that connects them.

Because I didn't want to take up more class time because of my own crazy schedule, I create a janky movie. This way you can watch/listen to this on your own:

Kristen and Laurie's Presentation

URL for Emily, Adam, Alex, and Tristan

a question of vocab

i really wonder about the use of the word "science" in margolis' book. the word science in and of itself inheres cultural biases and stereotypes, many of which the book tries to negotiate. i think that calling computer science a science and a field loses the focus of what i am particularly interested, which is literacy. science implies a specific approach, an objectivity, and a competency that i'm not sure fits with some of the narrative margolis (and others) are trying to create.

Kristen's Presentation Materials

Materials for my presentation today are attached.

V to the second

i love victor vitanza. i mean, i hear he's kind of an asshole. but i still enjoy reading his stuff. last week we were discussing feminism and identity online, and i think that vv and his friend agamben can help us think about some of the knowledge-work we were doing last week. Ultimately we were asking questions about how gender (read: subjectivity) is changing. But at the same time, Adam continued to ask questions about the interface. This is important, I think, because, as VV says, "if subjectivity is changing, then language and community are changing too" (p. 112).

Rape in Cyberspace

Here's a link to the article Julian Dibbell wrote:

So What?

Sam brings up the important point of gendered use of technology and/or the construction of identity from a young age--the way identities are integrally connected to technologies.
1) we need female voices in the construction of technology in order to have "good technology."
2) expanding the ability of a teacher to meet the needs of students.
3) empowerment
4) economically it's important to consider various audiences

Emily was going to post this:

methdologies/online spaces

One of the things I'd like to think about in this course is the appropriate methodologies for assessing technology within programs, classrooms, etc. Rickly's study and Kendall's teaching presentation reminded me of the complexities of assessing and reflecting on online interactions.

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