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  • 1. FUTURAMA
  • 2. McLuhan Revisited Marshall McLuhan • The Medium is the Message • Each medium creates new environment situation for understanding • Global Village: Peace and harmony, or “Ann Landers column writ large” • Media are extensions of human faculties • Electronic media/brain functions
  • 3. Postmodernism & Digital Culture • Preference for the virtual at the expense of the real • Virtual, endlessly reproducible signs (like schizophrenia) • Irony • Para-Social Reality • Fluidity of Identity • Asynchronous
  • 4. Tech or Economic Determinist? • Technology determines Innovation? • Economy limits innovation? • Platform determinist?
  • 5. Wearable Technology • Beyond Mobile • Wearable tech: o Affordable, accessible • Bio-integration of tech o External to wearable to internal • Increase in Physiological Interaction o Voice and Touch
  • 6. Global Social Media Most users of Facebook outside of the US Siloed (McLuhan’s Global Village?) Contrary to US-centric perspectives, outside of US driving innovation
  • 7. Pew Internet Predictions • Transparency, but not necessarily social tolerance or forgiveness • Intellectual Property Law • Work/Life Balance