Here we have another discussion with ds106 godfather Jim Groom. I should do some editing, but I think it’s better to just get it out there without the delay. We talked about public access TV in the 80s as a precursor to Youtube, and the anyone-can-do-this punk aesthetic that carries through with the web.
Another topic related to that was digital writing and the freedom it offers. The Wesch video we’re looking at this week addresses issues of how digital writing is different, and also points to a number of issues that we’re currently struggling with as a society, which were also part of 80s sci-fi.
We also brought some work from the class this week, particularly The Steining and the Berlin wall image. I am fascinated by the way people connect with this theme and what they make of it. The possibilities are endless.