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  • 1. Invocational Media Why the Digital Computer is Dead
  • 2. Chris Chesher?
  • 3.
    • Digital as a term is obsolete as analogue computers don’t “exist”
    • Computers were people on the bottom rung with monotonous jobs
    • Modern electronic computers have moved beyond this
    Irrelevance
  • 4.
    • Ancient idea of magically summoning something after uttering a properly formed command
    • For example...
    Invocation
  • 5. The Golem
  • 6.
    • Invocational device performs a single function at the users command eg. light switch
    • Invocational media combines command and memory and can invoke programmed sequences
    • This means more power but at the trade off for less understanding of how commands happen.
    • Also leads to avocation: straying from tasks to learn new media devices eg. learning new software.
    Invocational Media & Devices
  • 7.
    • Chris relies on Vygotskiian notion on speech influencing language
    • The nature of invocation is inherently broad
    • Does replacing the term “computer” with the word “Invocational media” stray that far from Chris’ original criticism?
    My thoughts
  • 8. Analogue vs Digital
  • 9. References Chester, Chris Why the Digital Computer is Dead , 4/4/2002. Accessed via: http://www.ctheory.net/articles.aspx?id=334 Ales, Mikolas Rabi Loew and Golem, 1899. Accessed via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Golem_and_Loew.jpg
  • 10.
    • You’ve been great.
    Thank you...