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Unformatted text preview: Reading #29: Wireless World by Stephen Kern Factoids Thinking Points 1: The ability to experience many distant events at the same time, made possible by the wireless and dramatized by the sinking of the Titanic, was part of a major change in the experience of the present. 1: It is quite amazing to see how convenient communication technology has made our lives; if only considering how much time is saved by being able to do things like call someone rather than drive or walk to their house only to find out they aren’t home. I think a “major change in the experience of the present” due to communication technology is having more present to experience and more time to do so. 2: The telephone had an even broader impact and made it possible, in a sense, to be in two places at the same time. It allowed people to talk to one another across great distances, to think about what others were feelings and to respond at once without the time to reflect afforded by written communication. 2: I think it’s interesting that we both build infrastructures and fill voids of time in our lives with the information exchange made possible by this technology. Fifteen years ago not many people used email; today some people cannot function without it. 3: Thinking on the subject was divided over two basic issues: whether the present is a sequence of single local events or a simultaneity of multiple distant events, and whether the present is an infinitesimal slice of time between past and future or of more extended duration. 3: Even philosophers had new material to work with. Personally, I would have to say the present is a simultaneity of multiple distant events occurring after prior events and before upcoming ones; between past and future, which really cannot be pin- pointed as here or there. Reading #30: Early Radio by Susan J.Douglas Factoids Thinking Points 1: Others, usually those with more money, had sets with tuning dials – five of them – all of which had to be perfectly calibrated to reel in particular stations. 1: I think it’s funny that people spent what would have been a good amount of money to own a frustrating piece of technology and all the while everyone probably thought their efforts to tune in a radio station were with a ‘top of the line’ radio. 2: As with the spread of home computing in the late 1980s and 1990s, often it was boys who embraced this device and introduced the rest of the family to it. 2: I think this is true with most technology; if it weren’t for my younger sister and I, my parents would probably still have a dial-up connection, no CD burner, maybe one cell phone “for emergencies,” and they’d use Microsoft Windows 98. 3: They listened to get a more immediate sense of their nation as it was living, breathing, and talking right then and there....
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course COM 250 taught by Professor Hyena during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.
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