History 615:

Journal #2

Journal Entry #2 and Questions to think about

        As you do the reading for next week's class, think about these questions. You may also want to post a Web journal commentary (ca. 300-500 words) on one of the questions. You are required to post an entry for either this class or 27 February.

1.Rosenzweig's review essay was written before Naughton's book was published? How might he respond to Naughton's book? Would you agree?

2. John Naughton observes that when he told people he was writing history of the Net, they were skeptical since they believed it “wasn’t old enough to have a history.” Do you think it is premature to begin writing the history of the Internet?

3. Does Naughton offer an adequate "history of the future?" Do you think that future historians will share his perspective?

4. Does Rosenzweig offer an adequate "history of the future?" Do you think that future historians will share his perspective?

5. Historians generally like to believe that what they do is "useful." Is an understanding of past changes in information technology useful to us in understanding history and new media today? Are there any "lessons" of the past to be learned?

6. What are the assumptions and arguments that underlie the commentaries by Birkerts and Kelly? How would Agre and Brown and Duguid respond to them? How do you respond?

7. The phrase "information revolution" yields 84,000 hits in Google. Based on your understanding of the past, are we going through an "information revolution" today?

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