There is a growing sense that higher education is struggling to meet the needs of students and one of them is writing online.Contemporary scholarly work cites a fewer range of sources than work in the past. We haven't read the original source neither, but we are falling behind on other issues too, for example, I have to confess that even when I spend considerable time online I wasn't familiar with these two terms: Chemtrails and Spimes.
I have to recognize that I am not a among those Americans who might find it alienating to "have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language." as Andy Borowitz stressed. Being said this, let me recommend the reading of Digital Digs where Alex Reid explains what we didn't know until a few moments, his explanation of the coined spime. Wikipedia cites Sterling's book and the same source is used by Raid to explain what it means to tech junkies, the spimes as a new technology:
"The spime composes its own topological, discursive text, marking its passage through space and time. As Sterling notes, objects become processes, trajectories of mutation (and ideally mutations that result in an unproblematic decay into non-toxic elements). Of course objects have always already been this (well, not the non-toxic part), but the spime allows the composition of information regarding this process. Here is this recursive process of ripping, mixing, and burning information. Each singular spime rips data from the world about itself, mixes it with previously analyzed data to produce a timeline, and burns that data into a recorded trajectory. Then "we" as composers rip data from a network of spimes, mix that data together (making connections, conducting analysis, developing interpretations and arguments, etc.), and burn the composition into a format that is once again accessible through the network. And its not really a matter of choosing to compose in this fashion, but the becoming self-evident that this is our process--much in the same way as the web 1.0 made self-evident so many of the once difficult theories of postmodernism."
The questions is how we are going to keep up with such a load of information when we are only monkey guys with handy keyboards?
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