Can Technology Stop Mass Shootings? (2)

The mass shooting at Umpqua Group College on Oct. 1 brought a violent finish to the lives of nine victims (eight college students and one professor), moreover the loss of life of the perpetrator, Christopher Harper-Mercer, at the hands of police called to the scene. This tragedy has impressed a predictable refrain of editorials calling for one thing to be finished about such things.

It is at this level that I’ll level out to a couple things that indicate our being prolonged by the Media we use and how that affects us in turn-by being extended via the medium itself. At this time you’ve directories that allows you to let your customers to Log In, Comment and Share by way of their accounts on well-liked social networks similar to Twitter, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Vkontakte and rather more.

The 2 articles I’ve posted are different, for the Thinker’s Jam writers see the advantages and significance and our power to control the current-day applied sciences, McLuhan does not see the identical issues, however the transformative powers of the Applied sciences, and the way they possess our being, humanity and bodies and souls. Of course, Lochhead approaches his theme from the print media of the aspect of expertise, however I take advantage of the interpretation of Media Ecologists, like McLuhan, to better perceive this phenomenon that has overtaken us, and many of us, according to Einstein, have change into idiots consequently thereof.

Final time period we spoke with Mary Barrett, at NUI Galway, about her involvement in a venture that created brief screencasts within Blackboard for college students. Along along with her colleagues, she was looking for one thing to elucidate the technical nature of the topic, in additional to lectures and tutorials, for students. They arrived at a solution of working by means of issues on screen, narrating the method, and explaining steps concerned. The resulting recordings allowed college students to access these clarifying steps again, and again. Each screencast turned a really invaluable and fascinating resource for learning.

Neil Postman, who properly created Media Ecology in a lot of McLuhan’s picture, was the one most chargeable for our focus on media, technology, process, and structure, moderately than content. And this resulted in different structuralists, implicit and explicit, starting from Whorf to Levi-Strauss to Chomsky, being brought into the curriculum. But McLuhan was the signpost. And he was a signpost that pointed, Janus-like, at the past and the future at the identical time.