Summary Notes 3
Summary Notes, February 9, 1996
Cyberwatch: Media Views Focus Group
- Frank proposed that we do some readings on Marshall McLuhan. We all agreed.
Elisabeth volunteered to distribute copies of relevant materials.
- Elisabeth had found an article in the Sept. 1995 issue of Harper's (in the
monthly "Readings" department) containing reactions by various people to the
article in Time that we had looked at earlier on porn on the net. We agreed to
read the Harper's article.
- We agreed on Metropolis and They Live as the films we would view for the
- Following up on that day's class discussion, Susan suggested a possible
long-term topic for the semester: how and why people do or don't become
responsibly informed about issues relating to information technologies. A
freewheeling discussion ensued about whether most people have the critical skills
necessary for this; about whether fear (of the technologies, of their possible
uses, of the difficulty of controlling them) gets in the way of people learning
about the technologies and the issues; and whether that fear is being consciously
expoited, by whom and to what ends.
- We decided we would use the Hypernews introduced in that day's class to create
a forum to invite general social commentary, but would continue to use the topical
forum threads off our Web page for discussion of what we in the group were finding
and analyzing in our chosen areas.
- We agreed to create individual personal statements regarding the course and
our group, to which our Web page would be linked.
- We will meet again on February 16, 1996.