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This reading was perfect for me since I have such a big fascination for how algorithms work on the web. The authors go about explaining Web 2.0 in the beginning and tied it to the algorithm system we see today amongst the internet. The authors emphasize that we went from typing into a keyboard to speaking into our devices acting as our personal pocket friends. You need a recipe on a cake you’re probably going to butcher? No problem, just ask your phone. Now, with the fact that our phones listen to every single one of our conversations and tweak…


Enzensberger makes some interesting points about electronic media. Enzensberger first dives into the power of the media and its mobilization. “Media are making possible mass participation in a social and socialized productive process”. This stood out to me the most because it still holds true today. The media allows people to be more involved in political and societal issues and become knowledgable in topics no-one would think to dive into. The media allows people to act on things more because of the vast knowledge we gain from it.

You can connect more of his points to the modern world by…


There is a lot to unpack when reading the first chapter of Castells “The Information Technology Revolution.” He begins to describe the massive changes occurring in information technology. Castells emphasizes on the fact that electronics that are used to spread information are converging and interacting in their respective applications. As we see today all the tecnology we used is connected one way or another. We get out information from our television, phones, laptops etc. All of these technological advancements are connected one way or another. Castells then dives into the history behind information technology and the stages it originated from…


Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think”, highlights different potential inventions in the coming future. To my surprise a lot of Bush’s prediction seem to have came true in one form or another. An invention that stood out to me was the cyclops camera. Bush emphasized how these cameras will have greater quality, having better focus, focal length and better color resolution. He describes the cyclops camera as a camera that is worn on someones forehead and that it would photograph anything you see and want to record. The name is fitting as it reminds me of the one eyed cyclops…


“The Machine Stop” was an odd and bizarre read made me think about a lot of things. As I start reading, I assumed this would be an exaggeration of technology such as smartphones in our modern day society. This is because they were referring to “The Machine” as an extreme smartphone with amazing features. The story mentioning this machine having buttons to call for food, music and clothing. A hot and cold bath button was also introduced, which made it all the more odd. It almost felt like I was reading a concept of a universally controlled remote. As the…

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