INLS385-002 Spring 2020


Today we will explore whether or not the expansion of personal technologies have been an unquestioned benefit to our personal productivity.

Watch this TED talk and ask yourself who the speaker is.

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Read to prepare yourselves for session 24

it's all in our hands
  1. Ubiquitous Computing Up Close, The Economist, 08 Oct 2011
  2. Schumpeter: Slaves to the Smartphone, The Economist, 10 Mar 2012
  3. Buttonwood: Net Gains and Losses, The Economist, 17 Apr 2013
  4. Technology and Society: Here Comes Anyware, The Economist, 08 Oct 2011

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You don't have to watch this unless you wish to, but it might come up in conversation

London cabbies

is technology making us stupid?

do we lack the ability to memorize information, a skill we needed before information was so readily available to us?

does it matter? if it's true, is it worth the increase in speed and (perhaps) the increase in quality of our work?

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things we'll talk about

how have improvements in information technology improved our personal productivity?

plan to separate into your teams to work on an in-class assignment

  1. list, in as much detail as possible, the steps you all take to write a research paper when you have access to the Internet and your personal laptops
  2. then list, in as much detail as possible, the steps you all would have to take to write a research paper when you do not have access either to the Internet or to any computer
  3. estimate the difference in the amount of time it would take you all to accomplish both tasks
slides for session 25

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something to take away

One song, two versions

Cantaloupe Island by Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela, who has died aged 78, was one of the world’s finest and most distinctive horn players, whose performing on trumpet and flugelhorn mixed jazz with South African styles and music from across the African continent and diaspora. Exiled from his country for 30 years, he was also a powerful singer and songwriter and an angry political voice, using his music and live performances to attack the apartheid regime that had banished him from his homeland. (from the Guardian obit)

And for a different take on this Herbie Hancock classic.

Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) by Us3

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