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Invocational Media

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Digital as a term is obsolete as analogue computers don’t “exist” 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

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