Victoria’s presentation slides on Walter Ong

Here are the slides for Victoria’s presentation on Walter Ong. Helpful for Monday!


in class work on Marshall McLuhan

Spend no more than 7-10 minutes on each question below – you can either free write (as a way to begin working on your discussion forum post) or you can discuss your answers with a partner.

  1. Explain the example of the light-bulb as a medium and its significance on pages 8 and 9 of “The Medium is the Message.”
  2. Explain McLuhan’s beef with General Sarnoff on page 11 of “The Medium is the Message” – what exactly is wrong with Sarnoff’s reading of media, according to McLuhan?

reminder of presentation guidelines

Here’s what I outlined about presentations on the first day of class:

  • Find your presentation number on the schedule and note the reading that has been assigned for the day you’re presenting
  • You’re responsible for presenting a smart, lively, compelling overview of the reading itself (5-7 minutes) and then an argument for what’s at stake – why does the reading matter? what does it teach us about digital media or even what does it fail to teach us?
  • It’s not necessary to have slides – the emphasis is on you demonstrating you’ve spent time with the text, you’ve read it several times, you can explain it to the class, and you can talk about why it’s important; if you need media to help you make your point, be thoughtful and strategic about what how and you the media
  • It should take you 7 or 8 hours to do a great job (keep in mind the paper is worth 5% more and should take you closer to 10 hours to do an equally great job)

Media Archaeology Lab small group work

Group 1: Apple IIe
Group 2: Altair 8600b
Group 3: Canon Cat
Group 4: Commodore 64
Group 5: Vectrex

As you can see above, each group has been assigned a specific machine. After you’ve had a bit of time to familiarize yourself with your machine, you will quickly give a demo to the class by covering these points:

  1. What’s the name of your machine?
  2. What year was it manufactured?
  3. How much did it cost then and how much would that be in 2017? (Search online for inflation calculators.)
  4. Can you think of anything you can do with your assigned machine that you cannot do with your own contemporary computer? This could be anything from functionalities built into the keyboard to the way the machine is designed to be opened up and tinkered with to the affordances of a command-line interface to the affordances of certain programs or games.


small group work on “The Modern History of Computing”

Each group will be responsible for presenting an overview of an assigned section from the reading, “The Modern History of Computing.” Please also try to find some revealing images to show the class – you can email these to me with your group # in the subject line.

Group 1: Babbage
Group 2: Analog computers
Group 3: Turing Machine
Group 4: Electromechanical versus Electronic Computation AND Atanasoff
Group 5: Colossus
Group 6: Turing’s Automatic Computing Engine
Group 7: Manchester Machine (extra group member)
Group 8: ENIAC and EDVAC

welcome to English 2036!

Hello everyone – I’m glad to have you in our class! The first and most important thing I’d like you to do is to “follow” our blog. You should see a small “follow” tab somewhere on this page (depending on what browser you’re using). Click “follow” and you can subscribe to our blog so you always get email updates about homework and announcements.

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