another post for class
Dear Jason Lanier, (author of You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto)
Thank you for your deep thoughts on the philosophy of computer science. I now realize that the topic is incredibly more depth-y than I originally thought. Obviously, this is your life blood, so you’re probably a bit biased, but I did find your tie in to philosophy to be rather interesting. IT department/philosophers. Hmmmm, I think they might like that.
Anyway, apparently there is a little more behind these technologies that we all use and take for granted. An entire framework of thoughts, almost paradigms, as you present them. Accidental paradigms for the most part, but ones that we get “locked into”. I did find your reference to “the ghost of Unix” to be a tad bit creepy. I will never think of iphones in quite the same way.
I appreciate your point that the internet could use a little more “humanizing”, but, honestly, I feel like it’s pretty human. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I firmly believe that one of the greatest strengths of social media is the great forum that it is for self expression. In fact, that is a big part of my final paper for Com 641. So I won’t say any more. Can’t be spoilin the paper for the professor now :o)