24 hours in cyberspace
say cheese.Coincidence? This unit date, February 8, coincides with 24 Hours in Cyberspace, an effort to photodocument a day in online life across the planet.
(No doubt as to whether this is an individual or an institution - big money here folks)MIT's Media Labs staged a similar thing earlier, A Day in the Life of Cyberspace, there's some disagreement over whose britches are bigger.Regardless, Thursday's participants have built an impressive infrastructure to handle an expected influx of stories and photographs from dwellers in "the digital cave."
(is that like platonic or something?)That date also corresponds nicely with the day President Clinton might sign into law the Communications Decency Act, so we can take a stand for stories and education and all the good healthy stuff that we do with the Internet.I know these folks from San Francisco. They were going to fly me out there Thursday to participate directly, but it was either that or class.
So, instead, they are sending a photographer to our session Thursday, and they'd like us to contribute something.
We already have an agenda, without this commercial stuff, so here's the skinny -
I agreed, and stayed, because I figured it could be good exposure for the class, and for each of you. It is quite possible that y/our audience will be augmented by thousands on that day.
Write a response, whatever - what are your thoughts on the web, storytelling, using computers, surfing, love, etc.
We could spend some time in class Thursday drafting a contribution.
Our class time is valuable though, so if we don't feel like doing it, I will be working on a submission in the Computer Center that afternoon - please feel free to assist.
Or resist entirely. Please feel free to abstain, and voice your opposition to corporatized recollection.
Perhaps we could spend Thursday's class arguing the merits of their entire undertaking - institutionalizing the individual. Seems appropriate enough.