CCR 633: Smoking Typewriters


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CCR 633: Smoking Typewriters

  1. 1. Smoking Typewriters CCR 633 ::: 3/31/11Friday, April 1, 2011
  2. 2. invisibility of technologyFriday, April 1, 2011
  3. 3. ... they could scarcely afford to be anything but confident about the agency of the written word and the power and authority of fresh ideas.Various and multihued pamphlets and flyers, densely printed newspapers, crude bulletins, circular letters, and delicate, smudgy carbons--this was the stuff through which SDS aimed to change the world. (15)Friday, April 1, 2011
  4. 4. Offset lithography Typewriters Mimeographs (?)Friday, April 1, 2011
  5. 5. Offset lithography Typewriters Mimeographs (?) Paper Ink Carbon Radio CamerasFriday, April 1, 2011
  6. 6. PaperFriday, April 1, 2011
  7. 7. “For just a couple hundred dollars, one could print several thousand copies of an eight- or six-teen page tabloid.” (7)Friday, April 1, 2011
  8. 8. $1 in 1965 = $6.92 in 2010Friday, April 1, 2011
  9. 9. For just $1400...Friday, April 1, 2011
  10. 10. distributionFriday, April 1, 2011
  11. 11. booksellersFriday, April 1, 2011
  12. 12. privacy (22)Friday, April 1, 2011
  13. 13. Tim: How does this line up with the fears we all have to some extent around Facebook’s or Twitter’s public/private obliteration? How does this show us that Facebook is nothing new? How, though, has Facebook’s public/private conflation far outpaced Max’s earlier worries? Since people from all moments and spheres of your life can now read your every thought, should we be writing more like J-school grads and less like SDS letter writers? Why? Why not?Friday, April 1, 2011
  14. 14. Tim: Finally, did anyone have any thoughts about the heralding of digital community journalism while reading this? In St. Paul and Minneapolis during the RNC protests, there were narratives going around about the importance of the citizen journalists taking video with their phones and otherwise documenting the state of repression happening on the ground. But reading this history, we see very similar types of moves happening in these papers. How important is the technology here? What is gained with the internetz? Is anything lost? More to the point, can we dispose of the pesky story that it’s somehow a total gamechanger for leveling the journalism playing field?Friday, April 1, 2011
  15. 15. Ben: -After the Port Huron Statement in ’62, SDS tried to organize around some issues of the Cuban Missile Crisis and there small demonstrations were pelted with eggs. By 1965, after using the communication technologies available, they organized the first major national protest against the Vietnam War, leading 20,000 people to demonstrate in the capital. What all was involved in this development? A new, direct, activist style of writing? The availability of cheap printing? The “unimaginable” consequences of the Vietnam war first facing a large population? And what would it take for a movement in the United States right now to develop through new communication technologies?Friday, April 1, 2011