Summary Notes 4
Summary Notes, February 16, 1996
Cyberwatch: Media Views Focus Group
Alas, our group has been sorely hit with illness this week; Susan and Bill are
victims of the February bug going around, and Ishwar was attending a good-bye
party thrown in his honor before he returns to his homeland.
Frank and I met anyway, mostly to discuss the need for content for the page
(now that the form is looking pretty good). HyperNews is not up yet, and has
given Frank more than his fair share of headaches, but at least others in class
are having the same troubles.
Here are some things we discussed:
- We should further discuss our McLuhan readings, but for time being maybe we
should all write up and mark up our reactions and post them all on the readings
page. It's getting a little difficult to figure out where to put things, but it
might not be bad to put reaction statements right under the postings for readings
and films watched.
- Frank and I will both rent copies of "They Live" in preparation for our Friday
(2/23) viewing after class. We may be joined by members of the Critical
Theory/Creative Arts gang.
- Outrages of the week (since we're behind we proposed a couple of them:)
- The "Golden Geeks" issue of Time this week (check the scary picture)
- The commercial, and I can't remember where it's from, of the little virtual
community that pans past a big building with pillars that has a frieze reading
"www.library.com". Surely libraries haven't completely been sucked in by the
commercial world yet...hey, can I say "sucked" on the Net?
- Other than this we just need to write up more about what we're seeing. We may
also want to give some thought to additional readings and to what we may want to
do with the class for a discussion topic. Frank had some good ideas about
readings re: "influence peddling" (journalists receiving fees from bodies to speak
and how this influences their objectivity) and how it relates to the Net.
That's all for this week...keep those personal statements coming!