Skeumorphism and the iPhone (video from Kirby Ferguson)

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January 1, 2014

If you’re looking for an example of a clear and direct documentary-style argument, watch this video. Hopefully, you’ll be a little more forgiving about Apple’s skeumorphism, and a little less patient with their current design scheme. Regardless, I think you’ll be impressed: Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

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Stories our tech objects tell us.

February 13, 2012

The following a response to Brian J. McNely’s post, “Technologies and Attachment,” at his personal research blog, 5000. The version below is about 20% longer than the one I left at Brian’s blog, but there’s still plenty left to be said. His post is smart, thoughtful, and helpful in getting me thinking about my relationship to technology objects. Here’s my response to his post: I wish I knew more about…

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Stunning digital text from Alex Iten, “Couch”

January 21, 2012

  I can think of no better evidence for the argument that you don’t have to make something “pretty” or “polished” for it to be incredible. Insight. Something to say. Patience. Courage. Thanks for posting this, Alex. I wish everyone I know could see this. Check out more of his work here.

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Highlight: digital textbooks (and Apple’s plan to ‘revolutionize’ them).

January 20, 2012

Apple and the Digital Textbook Counter-Revolution:   Sure, textbooks offer easier-to-digest summaries of the content, geared to the particular grade level of the student. They offer diagrams and illustrations and review questions and a glossary. But textbooks are always an assembly from a variety of sources, geared towards a classroom setting where the teacher leads students through the chapters and the exercises and the examinations. Neither the teacher nor the…

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Final Cut Pro X is out. And so is the jury. [NewMediaTools]

I’m excited about the new Final Cut Pro. There have been plenty of complaints from professional video editors (Ars Technica, CNET News, TechCrunch), and although I’m not a professional, I would guess that most of their criticisms are warranted. Mostly, I’m excited because the program is only $300 instead of the usual thousand. Which means that I’m getting closer to accessing something with much more powerful capabilities than iMovie. (Note:…

June 28, 2011
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Final Cut Pro X is out. And so is the jury. [NewMediaTools]

I’m excited about the new Final Cut Pro. There have been plenty of complaints from professional video editors (Ars Technica, CNET News, TechCrunch), and although I’m not a professional, I would guess that most of their criticisms are warranted. Mostly, I’m excited because the program is only $300 instead of the usual thousand. Which means that I’m getting closer to accessing something with much more powerful capabilities than iMovie. (Note:…

June 28, 2011
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My Apple Purchases: A Political Failure, Consumer Weakness, or Ambitious Scholar?

Technologies are social and political. More than merely functional objects and software packages, technologies of all sorts represent the intersection of myriad social, political, economic, and cultural forces. Using a technology is a political act. Purchasing (or stealing, for that matter) is also a political act. We have a material impact on the world when we use a technology; that same technology has an impact on us when we use…

July 26, 2010
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The Apple Tablet: Implications for Rhetoric and Composition

(continuing my train of thought from my last post, where I made some educated guesses about what the coming Apple Tablet might look like and what it might do…) And what does this mean for writing teachers? Not much any time soon. Nope. But it does portend a future where multimedia forms of writing and reading edge closer to their rightful place as a constant presence in our social, cultural,…

January 5, 2010
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The Apple Tablet: An Educated Guess

It looks like Apple will be unveiling its tablet this month, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t join the throngs of digital fortune tellers, and try to figure out what I think the little thing’s gonna be and gonna do. I’m a writing teacher. I’m interested in the tools of reading and writing. I’m not an engineer or a business guru, so my comments here will be a combination…

January 4, 2010
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Apple: A Perfect Example of Rhetorical Ontology

MicroPoints: 1. Vanity, thy name is laptop. 2. Technology is what we say it is. 3.  Apple design gets off track. 4. Apple: a perfect example of rhetorical ontology. 5. This post made possible only by digital writing technologies. Laptops are expressive technologies. And not just because they allow us to write emails, blog posts, and Facebook updates. We say something about ourselves by letting our laptops do the talking…

December 2, 2009
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