Life of the Screen

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

William Gibson, author of the award-winning novel “Neuromancer” (1984), described a reality that included virtual reality and and the Internet integrated into our daily lives. He is credited with having coined the term “cyberspace.” Just over a decade later Sherry Turkle, a professor of the sociology of science at MIT, wrote “Life on the Screen” where she discussed identity in the age of the Internet.

A scan of the history of mass media will reveal that the screen has played a key role in the evolution of communication technology. The television and computer screens are just the obvious ones.

Consider the future of the screen:

A Swedish mobile user interface group produced and recently posted this video to illustrate the possibilities for future screens.

What do you think? What’s do you think is realistic? What do you is unrealistic?

A personal library of imagination

This TED talk gives viewers a glimpse into Internet entrepreneur Jay Walker’s personal “Library of Imagination.” If it were possible, I’d take my class on a field trip to see the many innovations Mr. Walker has collected. In the meantime, enjoy this video clip:

Highlights for the Week March 28 – April 3

Happy Easter, everyone! I’m not sure if anyone really noticed, but I’ve skipped a few weeks of highlights. However, I’m back with a few items that caught my attention recently. Hope you saw these stories:

Solis seeks to understand the “me” in social media

While I typically collect and share discoveries in the weekly “Highlights” post, this one deserves its own and immediate alert.

Brian Solis, author of the recently published book titled “Engage,” published a most insightful post today titled “Behaviorgraphics Humanize the Social Web.” This epitomizes the critical analysis and synthesis (critical think skills) we talked about earlier this semester. Further, he insists that we must understand and be able to categorize the behavior of those interacting on the Social Web.

At the end of the post, Solis makes a very keen observation:

Social media tests the filter that divides inner monologue from disclosure. As our thoughts become words online, they color our avatars and profiles with a glimpse of our personality – who we are online and in the real world. Over time, it is how we put our words into action that establishes our character. And, it is our character, through the marriage of our words and actions that paves the way for relationships and opportunities.

Think about this and let’s discuss it in class (or feel free to comment right here!).

Highlights for the Week March 14-20

OK, folks, I know it’s Spring Break and you’re savoring the last few hours before we return to classes and wrap up a great semester. Like many of you, I escaped Cleveland and enjoyed a week at the beach. But, I kept an eye on social media and found these posts to be particularly interesting. Take a look:

Highlights for the Week March 7-13

Spring Break is upon us (March 14-20), so I’m not sure who will be following this Highlights post. Nevertheless, the world beyond academia doesn’t take off for Spring Break (thus, I’m glad to work in higher education!). So, while you’re on the beach (or doing whatever you need to do to rejuvenate for the rest of our semester), take a few minutes and review these worthwhile posts you might have missed during the past week:

Did You Know? 4.0

Hey, folks, we didn’t get to this YouTube video in class Tuesday, but I think it’s well worth your viewing time. Watch it and let’s discuss it.