Invocational Media Why the Digital Computer is Dead
Digital as a term is obsolete as analogue computers don’t “exist” Computers were people on the bottom rung with monotonous jobs Irrelevance
Modern electronic computers have moved beyond this
Ancient idea of magically summoning something after uttering a properly formed command
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. Invocational Media & Devices
Also leads to avocation: straying from tasks to learn new media devices eg. learning new software.
Chris relies on Vygotskiian notion on speech influencing language The nature of invocation is inherently broad My thoughts
Does replacing the term “computer” with the word “Invocational media” stray that far from Chris’ original criticism?
Analogue vs Digital
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