Week 5*

M S22*          Stories About Technologies

Turner, How Digital Technologies Found Utopian Ideology

boyd, Incantations for Muggles


DUE Media Diet Project Step 1.

All tracking data and posts are due today. Post all your required data and reflections, your summary, and your proposal on your project website.


In-Class Discussion Questions:

1. How do these commercials show some of the characteristics we’ve noted about new media?

2. Turner suggests that those who created the Internet shared some specific values. What were those values?

3. Do you see those values in the commercials we watched? Which ones are reflected and which ones are not?

4. How did these values eventually shape the new media we use today? Give examples from technology you use regularly, or from what you saw in the commercials.

5. What does boyd tell us about interpreting the magic of new technologies?

Commercial Video Links

MCI, 1997 

AT&T, 1998  (plus others)

Amazon Fire Phone, 2014 

Hulu Plus 

American Airlines, In-Flight Wifi, 2014



W S24          mdoc at LOC Archival Data Summit

No class meeting today.


F S26*          mdoc at LOC Archival Data Summit

No class meeting today.


DUE Blog post 3.

Write a 300+ word post about the utopian and dystopian stories we tell about new technology. Pick a technology (P2P file sharing, social networking sites, RFID tags, text messaging, augmented reality, location-based push notifications, etc.), and write about the potential utopian and dystopian implications of this technology. Be creative! Read and comment on at least two of your classmates’ posts.


Visit the Chicago Architectural Foundation exhibit on Big Data. Explore all the interactive displays; take notes. Chicago: City of Big Data reveals the potential of urban data and offers a new perspective on Chicago and cities everywhere. See your Chicago Dashboard, Bring your smartphone to interact with the exhibit and learn what data you unknowingly contribute everyday. See a scale models of the city, and overlay layers of data to learn more. Write a 300+ word post reacting and responding to the exhibit. Consider what kinds of utopian and dystopian stories this Big Data view of the city can offer.

There is a 90 minutes guided walking tour on September 27. On the tour, you’ll view Big Data Installations around the Loop. The tour guide will explain how ambient data collected from Chicagoans is being used by designers and policy-makers to improve health and happiness in the city.