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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A participation program for futures of digital texts.

December 30, 2011

Thought I’d take a minute (or an entire damn evening) to gather a few reflections related to my dissertation. My current reflection strategy is to distill my project into the most fundamental questions I can conceptualize. Then try to answer them. One at a time. A weird combination of exploratory writing, argumentation, and exposition. But it seemed awfully productive tonight. I clarified (i.e. distilled) a few thoughts that had been…

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Ice Cube’s Promo Spot for the Eames House

Turns out Ice Cube is a design buff. Before he was copping attitude with N.W.A., he was an unassuming architectural drafting student in LA. I’m not totally sure what to make of this charming little spot:   So, I guess it’s cool to go from earnest art/design student to culture-changing gangster rapper (remember “Fuck the Police”?) to a gangster movie star, to a guy fumbling through gritty flics like “Are…

December 9, 2011
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Ice Cube’s Promo Spot for the Eames House

Turns out Ice Cube is a design buff. Before he was copping attitude with N.W.A., he was an unassuming architectural drafting student in LA. I’m not totally sure what to make of this charming little spot:   So, I guess it’s cool to go from earnest art/design student to culture-changing gangster rapper (remember “Fuck the Police”?) to a gangster movie star, to a guy fumbling through gritty flics like “Are…

December 9, 2011
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A Certain Historical Orientation Toward Avant-Design

Cheryl, Debra, and I just recently submitted another draft of The New Work of Composing to the CCDP. The process is taking a long time, longer than any of us expected, but we’re sort of working in uncharted territory here. As part of this project, we had at least three significant goals. First, we wanted to collect and make available a body of scholarship exploring how the practices, technologies, politics,…

July 26, 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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More Thoughts on Learning Design

A continuation of my post from yesterday… In what ways do you know the materials? What do we associate with the material culturally? (Why are so many courthouses designed with columns, even though most of the columns are merely skinned with stone?) What are the physical characteristics of the material? (Steel and glass can be either smooth or sharp. But they could rarely, if ever, be exchanged for cotton balls…

December 30, 2009
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