Monthly Archives: October 2011

Here’s a link to Week 5’s Powerpoint. Great debate about memory and forgetting in the age of digitisation. If you’re interested in this topic I urge you to read Viktor Mayer Schonberger’s book Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. It’s available as an e-book in the library catalogue. There’s also loads of info on the web about him and his ideas. There are some provocative arguments in this article in the Independent and also Mayer Schonberger discussing his book in this video.

If you are interested in going a bit deeper, try reading Varnelis’ The End of History Again. It’s not a long piece but it starts to unpick how we might conceive time in the age of network culture.

Happy blogging!


So here’s a link to Friday 14th’s Powerpoint which outlines a bit of what we did during the class. Week 4 presentation


We did a close reading of Lisa Nakamura’s 2000 essay Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet.


If you missed the class have a read and a think about what Nakamura means by Racial Passing and Identity Tourism.


For Friday (just like every week) it is essential that everyone reads the weekly reading. This Friday you’ll be havng a debate so you will need to read the following:


1.  ‘A Life Digitized’ or ‘A Digital Life’ (in UEL Plus only) both articles about how Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell recorded every aspect of his life.


2. ‘Is Google Making us Stupid’ or ‘The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains’ both by Nicholas Carr


A great class on Friday – lots of food for thought and some fantastic contributions by students.

Here’s my Rise of Network Society Presentation if you need to recap on anything from week 2. It’s also in UELPlus.

After class on Friday I read an interesting article in the G2 section of the Guardian by Stuart Jeffries It’s all to do with ‘digital fakery’ and was really relevant to our discussions in class. If you want to blog about this subject try using a quote from the article.

Once your blog is up and running please send me your web address. I’ll create a page with a list of all the blogs and then we can start commenting as a network of bloggers!