City and Citizenship (?)

City and Citizenship (?)

Something that concerns me about Sassen’s article is the observation she makes regarding the political character of the city. I completely agree that different political activities “become visible on the street” (p. 49). However, it…

Representations of Space and Place.

Representations of Space and Place.

This week I admittedly struggled with the Buadrillard reading this week regarding reproductions. From my understanding, we take for granted the “real” and live in a world filled with reproductions. At this point we start…

Weekly Post 11

Weekly Post 11

1: The Sassen article raises a question for me regarding cities. While cities, without a doubt, exist in a certain space and time, as Sassen points out throughout the paper, cities also are a place…

Connection

Connection

Overall these articles gave me a rather unpleasant feeling. In particular the Ito, et al article and its analysis of the “mobile kit.” I’m not sure how much of the tone of the article is…

Discussion Prompts/Questions

Discussion Prompts/Questions

  • A question posed last class: What is a whole person? What does a whole person do? How do they communicate?
  • What conclusions can be drawn strictly from footprinting data? And what does that tell

Are We Ever Alone?

Are We Ever Alone?

  1. Place: In Sherry Turkle’s, “always on”, she stated, “ A “place” use to compromise a physical space and the people within it. What is a place if those who are physically present have their

Week 10: Alone-ness and Connection

Week 10: Alone-ness and Connection

1) I have very mixed feelings about Turkle’s article, perhaps because her argument itself is mixed. While overall I felt that her argument was one of doom and gloom around technologies effects, she also recognizes…

cyborg life ::scoff::

cyborg life ::scoff::

1) Perhaps this is more of a small qualm with the methodology of Ito et al, but the diary, shadowing, interview method seems problematic. As we’ve seen how technologies like location based ones alter the…

Bar5

Are we “forever alone”?

  1. Looking at Fischer’s introduction, I’m curious about thinking through the definition of “loneliness” versus “alone-ness.” As they point out, determining loneliness quantitatively can be very difficult (19). I’m curious, though, about how we define

Week 10

Week 10

  1. This first question stems from a Facebook conversation between me, Alyssa, and Avery. Oh, the irony. In “Always On,” Turkle argues that pervasive computing and communication technologies are changing the way we live in

Book Review: Online Territories

Book Review: Online Territories

Online Territories: Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space

            To say that the Internet has been a ground for intense debate would be an understatement.  Since its truly widespread explosion in the 1990’s, a…

Discourses, analysis, and identity

Discourses, analysis, and identity

1. Discourses: One of the things that I got from the readings this week is the way in which, through discourses, we refer to the phenomenon of connection and disconnection in the digital age. Being…

Connectivity and Worlding

Connectivity and Worlding

Definitions:

Space: that which we create in and around us by virtue of our embodied social practices or relationships with other bodies (including objects).

Place: those specific spaces or locations to which we are affectively…

Weekly Post 10

Weekly Post 10

1: Putting aside the Turkle reading’s romanticism over communicative technologies (I honestly find the term “cyborg” a bit tiring in academia), I was very interested in the point raised via the man on the subway…

Life, The Internet, and Everything In Between?

Life, The Internet, and Everything In Between?

1. In terms of the Reconstruction of Space and Time I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about two of the ideas presented (a) camping and (b)cocooning and how these terms are similar in…