Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Amazing. George Takei spreading some real knowledge on Totally Biased. History is so important. America undoubtedly has taken huge strides to repress it's own dark history, whether it be domestic or abroad, but we are so lucky to have someone like George Takei standing up and voicing his perspective and experience even at the age of 75. This guy is not only an American icon, but a legend. Bring back famous people with some real shit to say.
Is it so surprising that this show got cancelled? This show is too next level good, the big wigs at Fox couldn't hang. Now they're trying to bury it because I can only find scraps of Totally Biased episodes.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Since her pathbreaking The Second Self: Computers and The Human Spirit in 1984 psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkle has been studying how technology changes not only what we do but who we are. In 1995's Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, Turkle explored how the Internet provided new possibilities for exploring identity.
Described as "the Margaret Mead of digital cuture," Turkle has now turned her attention to the world of social media and sociable robots. As she puts it, these are technologies that propose themselves "as the architect of our intimacies." In her most recent book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, Turkle argues that the social media we encounter on a daily basis are confronting us with a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we confuse postings and online sharing with authentic communication. We are drawn to sacrifice conversation for mere connection. Turkle suggests that just because we grew up with the Internet, we tend to see it as all grown up, but it is not: Digital technology is still in its infancy and there is ample time for us to reshape how we build it and use it.
Turkle is a professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.