08/30 “Operating Systems at Mid-Century,” Race after the Internet, Tara McPherson, eds. Lisa Nakamura & Peter Chow-White (New York: Routledge, 2012)
Post written for Seminar I: Interaction & Service Design Concepts, 2017| Molly Steenson | CMU School of Design.
What began as a very difficult read turned out to be a simple yet powerful point. McPherson argues that developments in humanities and computations are inter-related. To analyse either we must study them in a broader context rather than the boxes that we’ve created. She supports this by drawing parallels between the birth of digital computer and the rise of civil right movements in the 1960s.
The MIT Media Lab is a good reference to McPherson’s suggestion of moving beyond our boxes. The lab is a pioneering interdisciplinary center. It aspires to eliminate the isolation of separate media by stimulating collaboration between disparate disciplines.