ITI- Feb 7th

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February 7, 2008   1 Information Technology & Informatics (04:189:103:01) Documentation Thursday, February 7, 2008 Voorhees Hall 105 Stew Mohr
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February 7, 2008 ITI 103 2 Today’s Agenda Reprise Bush’s Memex, utopian and dystopian technologies Wikipedia and Open Source Movement IT in the news Active learning: The Cognitive Authority of Peers Development and use of citations Review materials and readings for next Tuesday’s class
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February 7, 2008 ITI 103 3 Reprise Vannevar Bush and Memex It described “collaborative Hypertext” for the first time (Morville, 2005, p. 34). It focused on individual use with private files and the precursor to the digitized library. It predicted the ability to sit at a desktop, find resource materials in researching a topic (the English long bow), project them on a screen, the ability to analyze them and add comments of one’s own. The Memex is generally considered to be the prototype for the World Wide Web.
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February 7, 2008 ITI 103 4 Reprise Utopian Technology Technology can better our lives by making them more ordered. Progress is an essentially good thing and requires order. Secrecy is power, and enhances freedom and privacy. Order is good. Technology can solve problems, even problems that technology creates. As a result problems are solved by increasing complexity and increasing order.
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February 7, 2008 ITI 103 5 Reprise Dystopian Technology Technology changes behavior and patterns of behavior Technology is connected to or evolves into the state, creating a state of "authoritarian information technology" Basic Assumptions Individual obedience to governmental authority Government creation of a rational social order Control is maintained by a technocracy Technology is panoptical . Information overload and confusion As instrumental technology is unable to be mastered people become more "objects" to be "ordered" Humans, as essentially "unordered" or "unpredictable“, threaten the order of society.
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February 7, 2008 ITI 103 6 The balanced path… Is a healthy skepticism that examines reasons to adopt or not adopt new information and communication technology. And it’s necessary to research technologies and understand…
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