It seems that something has changed, that something needs to be changed.
Torsten Meyer on medium, media, culture and technology:
“(…) the way of understanding »media« and »medium« which is used here is more comprehensive and at the same time more abstract. It is not a scientifically clean, for example media-theoretically clear term but rather an attempt (…) at grasping also in the sense of sociology and cultural theory: »new medium« – singular – must be understood (at least) by a double meaning. On the one hand, »medium« must be interpreted in a very abstract, system-theoretical way as a set of conditions of cognitive, communicative, and social processing, as a system of the points of reference of the reflexivity of social ways of acting which have been achieved due to communicative experience – in short: as a culture. On the other hand – who dis- cusses questions of depicting and the possibility to depict – in other words: aesthetics – will easily agree with this – these communicative experiences must be thought by their dependency on the respective means of depicting, the communicative and com- munional means and communicators – commonly called »media« (plural).”
– Torsten Meyer (2007), “Education Within a New Medium. An Introduction.”
Texts to read:
Meyer, Torsten: “Education within a New Medium.” In Education Within a New Medium. Edited by Torsten Meyer et al., 264-271, Münster/New York/München/Berlin: Waxmann, 2007.
Schwalbe, Christina: “Change of Media, Change of Scholarship, Change of University: Transition from the Graphosphere to a Digital Mediosphere.” In Mashup Cultures. Edited by Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss, 178-188, Wien/New York: Springer 2010.
Proposed Tasks, choose one ore more questions to work on:
- Are there aspects in the texts of Schwalbe or Meyer you think would be interesting to discuss? Which one?
- Find (or invent) a symbolic representation – or “visual leitmotif”, as Torsten Meyer would call it – that would fit best our current media-centered culture, or that would represent best its most dominant aspects.
- Can you imagine a culture that has taken a different path to communication, of archiving and inter-generational transmission of knowledge than ours? How could a ‘school’ and its curriculum it look like?
(E.g. with face-to-face-roleplaying or photography as culturally leading, dominant medium)
- Does a networked, digital medium differ from other media like radio, print, TV etc., and if so, how?