Analysis/ Point of the Chapter
In class, the point of this chapter was called into question, but I think it was a good way to start off this particular book. Technology and the culture surrounding it is very complex and not a lot of people understand it (as discussed in Chpt. 1). Most people are content not knowing how the magic box in front of them connects them to the rest of the world. The point of this chapter was to get everyone on the same page as the author no matter their level of technological understanding, regarding terms and biases. He states that, “I’ll make my own position explicit when I have a strong point of view and trust that readers will factor my position into their responses”. I saw this as a call for readers to employ rhetorical listening because bias will be involved and an open mind is necessary when reading this text.
A few of the phrases he uses to clarify what he will be referencing in the rest of the book:
“My focus will be on…”
“So in the context of this book, I will use the term…”
“For the purposes of this book , I will mostly use the term…”
“I hope you will recognize that…”
These all tell me that this chapter was necessary because there was a lot of clarification needed to bring everyone on the same page before continuing on.
Relating to Personal Experience/Thoughts
“the new becomes ordinary, becomes taken for granted” (pg 22).
I remember when I got a smartphone and making that transition from the flip phone . They were so much better than flip phones, and now we take them for granted. I don’t think my twelve year old sister has held a flip phone or seen one in person. The technology we have now has become ordinary and we are constantly creating new versions to make it better and feel new again. There is a reason people keep buying new iPhones.
“To a very large degree, the online world is a reflection of the offline world” (pg 21).
I agree with this statement to some extent, but I also think that people are not accurately reflected in the online world. People become more bold and say things they usually wouldn’t behind the facelessness of the internet. A lot of times people are freer with their comments and criticisms when they don’t have to look anyone in the eye while they are saying it. Instead of a reflection of the offline world it seems more like a magnifying glass looking deeply at how people really act and how they think. The online world is definitely different than the offline world when it comes to people and how they act.
“old media have undergone remediation into new media” (pg 25).
Streaming things online now has become very popular instead of watching shows on the television or renting a DVD. Shows and movies are now accessible through sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus. Personally, I just watch everything on my iPad with Xfinity, Netflix, abc, abc family, NBC, FOX, and CW11 apps. I don’t think I have watched a single episode of anything on a TV this past year. Technologies not only affect us, but they affect other tech as well. On laptops there isn’t even a way to play DVD’s/CD’s anymore. Everything is becoming available to stream so why add it onto laptops? Kindles and tablets have also encroached on books now that you can read on your devices. Even when buying textbooks for classes some are available in digital format making buying the physical book pointless.