Post 4

Here’s a news article:

It discusses attempts by the US gov’t to censor early comic books. but only the bad ones, they promise.

Post 3

The argument in To Mark-up or Not To Mark-up is far from balanced, indeed, it screams


Though historians might have greater luck securing further funding for markup projects by demonstrating the ease with which marked-up digital material can be searched, and the contribution such material can make to ongoing projects. Marking up digitized data would still be difficult and expensive, (and in cases of digitizing GIS data, painful) but the demonstrated benefit would attract further funding, leading to more demonstrable benefits, etc….

I admit it, I used wikipedia to familiarize myself with the particulars of Root Canal surgery. of course I’d heard the phrase, like here:
and i hope this embeds properly.
but I had no idea what was involved, and now, enlightened, I don’t think comparing digitization to hollowing out and capping a dying or damaged tooth was at all fair. First, it assumes the analog formats are dying or damaged. Analog formats are only subject to decay at a faster rate than digital forms. Second, whether analog or digital, the users are still human, and are therefore limited by our biology in our ability to perceive the information. This is a harder limit on our comprehension and appreciation than any vagaries of technology. Whether the “tooth” is made of enamel or dental cement, it remains a tooth, not a lip or a tongue.

Post 2

I’m feeling a certain amount of anxiety about the IT components of this course.  Which is a condition in which I do not find myself altogether naturally.  I’m not the youngest member of the class, but I come from an entirely tech-friendly/tech-literate generation, and I’m not sure why, as I type this, the words extend beyond the text field, under the publish and format boxes.  Which I find very odd, but slightly less odd than the fact that I don’t know why it’s happening. I do hope that’s not at all significant.

This vid was very informative, though perhaps I again reveal my ignorance when I say that I can almost never tell the difference between things (TCP/IP, OSI, X.25, etc, and that’s only those that are explicitly mentioned, but my confusion extends beyond this presentation) that are:

  • Technological Standards
  • Commercial software
  • Non-proprietary that’s not necessary only ubiquitous.

Hopefully I’m not thought to be a dreadfully backward luddite, but here’s my list of topics again.

  1. The Effect of Irish-Americans on Modern American culture
  2. Rugby in America
  3. What effect, if any, have Comic Books and Science Fiction had on modern America?


Post 1

For all of American History, power has been drawn (or pushed) outward and downward to a greater pool of “users”.  Over time, the franchise restrictions on race, gender, etc. have been removed.  This “broadcasting” of political power has been mirrored by the dissemination of information, Technology has evolved from oral and musical output to use of mass printed material, to digital, almost instantaneous news, with any number of sources.

RSS.  What an oddly short name for something so powerful. It allows us to, if we consciously or unconsciously choose, to severely limit our access to news that doesn’t suit, flatter or otherwise agree with us.  Limiting what information we expose ourselves to can lead to changes in our decisions, and we might not even be aware of how our decision making process has been affected, in the absence of a more comprehensive view of the available information.

Three Topics: 1) Contributions of Irish-Americans to modern American Society, 2) Rugby in America, 3)The Effect of Science fiction and Comic Books on Modern Culture.