Nick Tingle's Blog
- Goleta, California, USA
- December 12
- Continuing Lecturer
- UC Regents
- University Writing Instructor; Singer/Songwriter ("Sea of Love"); author: "Self Development and College Writing,"
PhD in English Literature:
Employed at University of California at Santa Barbara since 1980;
Primary Interests: Psychoanalysis, Education, Pedagogy, Getting Old.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Offloading Memory
July 12, 2010 01:09PM
- Is MultiTasking Bad for the
November 09, 2009 02:17PM
- ReReading the 1st Para of "The
November 06, 2009 08:41PM
- Is the Web the Death of
November 03, 2009 06:26PM
- Is Google Making Us Stupid?
November 03, 2009 01:08PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Dear GM:
don't have an aphorism for the
visual arts. But I think you
November 07, 2009 03:06PM
- “Dear RM--thanks for all
the excellent references.
bookmarked all in
November 04, 2009 04:19PM
- “Dear BZ:
Google and wish I had the
sense, way back when, to
November 03, 2009 05:05PM
- “Dear RB: I agree. Google
is just the tip of a much
ice-berg. As a
November 03, 2009 04:41PM
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Louis Black does a funny bit about the elderly and "senior
moments." The elderly don't talk, he says, they engage in verbal
charades. Something like:
"Hey, you remember that guy, you know, in that movie?"
"You know he was in a movie with that other guy."
"What other guy?"
"The… Read full post »
Following Nicholas Carr, who argues that the net is changing the
way we think, I argued that the net may prove the death of reading,
qua reading, or as a particular kind of experience.
Certainly one reads on the web, but one reads for information. In one sense, this is very active… Read full post »
Reflecting on Nicholas Carr's claim that the net has altered the
way he thinks, I offered a contrast between the net as largely
information passage and the experience of reading, qua that.
I tried to offer an example of what I meant. A rather poor one I think, and then I remembered,… Read full post »
That's the title to an article by Nicholas Carr that appeared in
the July/August, 2009,
A student in my research paper writing class turned it up, and I read it.
Carr doesn't conclude that Google makes us stupid. But in the course of making his argument, Carr recounts how his own… Read full post »
I hate Daylight Savings Time. That’s what causes me to change my clock twice a year back and forth. I don’t know what they had before DST but let’s just call it Regular Time. Debates about DST go clear back to Ben Franklin, but RT was favored by farmers who needed… Read full post »
I had my students meet in a computer lab so they could start poking around on the web for a possible research topic. I looked over one young woman's shoulder, and she was reading about something called "the quarterlife crisis." She was wondering if this quarterlife crisis thing might have something… Read full post »
One persistent criticism of consumer society is that it makes individuals passive and dependent. Christopher Lasch says we have become overly reliant on "externally produced goods," and, on top of that, when it comes especially to our electronic gadgets, most of the time we don't have the faintest id… Read full post »
Trying to get my head around the affect of the digital age upon young people, I picked up The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future by Mark Bauerlein, a Professor of English at Emory. Based on my calculations the students I am teaching at… Read full post »
I was born in 1945 and spent my first decade in the rural south. We did not have an indoor toilet much less a TV set. I now teach and have taught writing at a California Research University for 30 years. The young people I teach right now were born in… Read full post »
In his The Big Picture, David Suzuki starts his chapter
on the effects of consumer society on the environment, "The True
Cost of Gadgets," with:
… Read full post »Imagine if you decided to throw away your cell phone, close down your Facebook account, disconnect your high speed internet modem, unplug your satellite te
While the remodeling of our little condo--construction-wise-- is nearly complete, the effects of it are not.
In my readings on the consumer society, I came across more than
once reference to the "Diderot effect."
Apparently Diderot acquired a fancy new housecoat (given to him I believe) and abruptly a… Read full post »