Tuesday, January 27, 2004

(1) In Telecommunications and the City, Graham and Marvin discuss the use of cyberspaces as somewhere for social groups to "shape to represent, reflect and maintain their individual, group, ethnic and/or gender identities." This allows disadvantaged groups to develop networks geared towards their needs. Do you think that cities or cyberspace provide a more welcome environment for disadvantaged groups to campaign on their behalf? Why? What are barriers in each area? Aren't both inhibitors to disadvantaged groups?

(2) In The New Media Reader, Langdon Winner quotes that "life would be scarcely be unthinkable" without technologies. In reading this, I thought to myself, how long could I be unconnected? To my computer, email, TV, cell phone, land line.....it's unfeasible to me. Yet, this was the case at one time. When does technology switch from being a new commodity (a "treat" as it may)to an essential part of one's life? How long could you go without being connected to the technology you're accustomed to?

(3) The growth of television overshadowed radio and subsequently cinema initially. Will the internet ever overshadow television? Is television too substantial of a media to be overshadowed? Does new technology CAUSE old technology to grow and evolve to compete with it (EFFECT)?

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