Friday, November 16, 2001

Been busy writing the paper on this stuff and so I haven't posted here for a few days. I just wanted to rant/rave for a moment: check this out
Peer-to-Peer for Academia
. Grrr! I love that Oram tries to situate p2p technologies in the academy - I agree entirely that the colleges and universities are places where these emerging technologies should be researched, developed, and implelemented. I also agree that Napster, as scary as it was to administrators, does not represent p2p as a whole. My concern is that Oram seems to consider R&D and a few p2p-type applications (especially file sharing) to be the main emphases. As an instructir and as a humanities scholar, I think there are a lot more interesting things that p2p can bring to education - specifically to undergraduate education. R&D is important, to be sure. But who is supposed to be served by a university?

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Here I am puzzling about faciality and rhizomes and nomadology - sitting at my desk, thinking about Deleuze and Guattari and computers and peer-to-peer, and I am not sure if my head's spinning or the room is spinning, but either way the spinning seems to have increased in pace, in speed (?) so much that everything has slowed down again? And temporarily, for a moment, in some way, everything that I am trying to do makes sense. Right now, I think I could explain all of this to just about anyone - but in a few moments, I know that this instant of clarity, born out of chaos, will be gone. The question is - does it matter? I have to go get some of this down on paper/screen before all of the good ideas pour out of my ears, never to be seen or heard from again.

Monday, November 12, 2001

Here's my thought for the day: I teach freshman composition right now and I have included a cultural analysis unit in the class. Being interested in technology, I try to bring up the internet and other computer technologies/applications during this section of the course. Today we discussed AIM, ICQ, and other IM applications. For the third semester in a row, I asked my students if they used AIM, etc. to talk to people they have never met IRL and the answer, for three semesters in a row, was a resounding "No!" I know people still use chat, and I know some people still forge relationships through online communication, but is this a widespread trend? Are these technologies now being used for relationship maintenance instead of relationship creation?

Sunday, November 11, 2001

ARRGH!!! My first post got wiped, so here's a second first post. I'm late for a meeting, so don't expect a lot!! I'm a graduate student in English, working on a master's degree right now. I do rhetoric and technology and am currently working on peer-to-peer technologies. I plan to use this space as a catch-all for my thoughts about the project, my thoughts about technology and society in general, and my musings on the intersections/collisions of science and humanities. I hope this turns out to be fun - and I hope I gain a few readers along the way to help me sort through some of this!