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  1. Jul 2017
    1. The freedom of the Web—the freedom to link and follow links—is a function of the closed and recursive nature of the system, one that includes by necessarily excluding. Most contemporary search engines, Google chief among them, now share the assumption that a “hyperlink” is a marker of authority or endorsement.

      This endorsement of a hyperlink as a marker of authority is necessary to the efficiency of the web because it facilitates a heirarchy or priority system within the web that the user can control in order to be connected with or promote his desired information. Without this connector tool of the hyperlink's priority for searching online there would be no order or organization in search engines but rather a chaos that prevents or adds delay to the almost infinite set of information's efficiency.

    1. Experiments demonstrate that readers of ideograms, such as the Chinese, develop a mental circuitry for reading that is very different from the circuitry found in those of us whose written language employs an alphabet.

      I wonder if this same mental circuitry developed in readers of ideograms will appear similar to the mental circuits woven in the minds of the digital age's up-and-coming generation whose current language includes a set of alphabetic letters with an increasing ratio of meaning-bearing images like online symbols and emojis. One day in the future I look forward to being able to compare brain scans of current day native Chinese speaking individuals with individuals who developed their literacy skills through primarily online interactions, such as my children who will likely grow up in a world where the digital age was well in prominence prior to their birth.

    1. The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe.

      Initially, I would have argued that the quality and accuracy of the present information contained in the pipe that is being actively disseminated is the most important aspect of the system. However, after reading Mr. Siemens' blog post here on Connectivism, my stance is closer to his conclusion. I think the information within the pipe will have fluctuations in regards to accuracy, but that is to be expected with freedom of use and not as concerned about (as I initially was) because that information is constantly held accountable by the the web's active users. The pipe needs to have the highest priority of sustainable integrity because it is what facilitates the connected to said free information, without the pipe, there is no endless web of links and connections across distance and time over the web.

  2. Jun 2017
    1. Now let’s connect these ideas to Bruner and his ideas in Toward a Theory of Instruction, ideas that influenced Alan Kay and other learning researchers who helped to envision and build the personal, interactive, networked computing environment we now live within with varying degrees of openness and permissiveness.

      Alan Kay understood that in order to maximize what could be achieved out of Bruner's three levels of communicating (learning), the computer first needed a democratic change in accessibility. Bruner's influence led Alan Kay imagine a change in the conceptual use of a computer into a dynamic personal media system that would be easy for even (especially) children to utilize by both learning through and creating/innovating on the same screen. *See MOD 3's Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, “Personal Dynamic Media” (essay, 1977)

  3. Jan 2016
    1. Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart

      Look at God. Comparing this title to the other article's and my annotation from it, you'd think Chad Wellmon was reading. The difference in these titles is that one is actually being rhetorically exciting, while the other was, in my opinion, clickbait.

    2. First, they imagine our information age to be unprecedented, but information explosions and the utopian and apocalyptic pronouncements that accompany them are an old concern.

      I'm glad that the author points out that claims of Utopia and Apocalypses have always been around. We only here about them more now because of our connected media.

    1. “You are right,” Nietzsche replied, “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts.” Under the sway of the machine, writes the German media scholar Friedrich A. Kittler , Nietzsche’s prose “changed from arguments to aphorisms, from thoughts to puns, from rhetoric to telegram style.”

      I agree to a degree. While you don't have to think as much before putting your thoughts down, you can also edit what you have written and put thoughts to paper before they disappear. For me, electronic screens and reading are where I start to lose focus sometimes, but never with a printed book (unless its a textbook). This is why I don't like E-Readers, they may store hundreds of books and stories, but they'll never replicate the magic of a printed book because I simply don't look at a screen the same way I look at a solid, paper page.

    1. Know-how and know-what is being supplemented with know-where (the understanding of where to find knowledge needed).

      This seems like the obvious progression of knowledge. After all, a human can only hold so much data in their head. Though the amount may be different for everyone, it is easier to remember the title of a book rather than every word or plot point.

    2. Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime.

      This is very true, especially in college it is easy to see that several people choose to change their major or career paths.

    1. It’s coming out quickly and will need much development, but I need to write it down now. I welcome your comments and questions and elaborations and collegial friendly amendments.

      i.e., "thinking out loud" Campbell suggests there's something not only acceptable but good and necessary about presenting his thoughts-in-progress

    2. These structures are not unlike the distributed (neuroplastic) design of the brain itself, one that, as it happens, permits all the higher orders of cognition to emerge

      There's a very natural parallel between the Internet and the brain--an individual web page is a neuron and thought can only occur when information is passed through the synapses/the links. I don't think it's quite analogous, but it feels like an interesting similarity. Proponents of the Web sometimes talk of it as an extension of the human brain, though, and if the Internet is already shaped like a brain...