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Unformatted text preview: 28/03/2009 21:22:00 Comm 202 Study Guide Exam 2 1. What are the different characteristics of modernism and postmodernism? a. Modernism: linear, logical, hierarchical b. Posmodernism: decentered, fluid, nonlinear 2. What is the saturated self? a. The idea that as we are confronted with more things we become saturated by many voices(ones we agree with and others we do not), and as long as we are okay with being saturated by these different views it is okay. 3. What do we mean by the breakdown of self? List and describe 3 cultural responses to this breakdown: a. A notion of multiplicity emerges- the unitary version of the self Is very hard to maintain( we are constantly changing) b. The three responses: i. Dogmatic insistence on unity- refusal to accept the idea of muplicity ii. Return to system of beliefs(fundamentalism)- the replacement of a new reality with religion iii. Embracing the fragmented self- accepting the new multiple self 4. What is a Protean self? a. the development of a "fluid and many-sided personality." It is the idea that we are becoming fluid and many-sided. Without quite realizing it, we have been evolving a sense of self appropriate to the restlessness and flux of our time. 5. What does Turkle mean when she talks about liminal space? a. a space between things, a space that is transitional, a space removed from everyday life; it is a liminal space located between things. There, relationships are not based on time worn hierarchies but develop in new meaning filled encounters. Turkle 6. How does the notion of the subjective computer differ from earlier views of technology? Earlier Computer as "second-self" (study of 60s70s computers at MIT, found to be a reflection of selves in machines. They identified more with the machine than with people, predictability, doesnt make mistakes, no emotions.) Computer networks as transforming the way we think, nature of our sexuality, form of community Things that couldnt be accessed in natural can be digitally. Early view: Technology as "tool" and "mirror" Find other people within the looking glass, not just you but other users. Leads to concept of cyberspace. Now... Our relationship with our computers has changed. We rely on our (opaque) technology for many tasks and experiences, and yet we cant really say what exactly our computers are doing because we collectively are growing less and less educated about our technology and assume more and more. 7. Describe the notions of opaque technology and taking things at interface value.7....
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