Technologies as transformative

From COML 509: Social Dynamics of Communication Technology @ Gonzaga University, Spring 2009. Thoughts on chapter 4, Writing Restructures Consciousness, from Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy: “Technologies are not mere exterior aids but also interior transformations of consciousness, and never more than when they affect the word.” (Ong, 1982, p 82) I was with himContinue reading “Technologies as transformative”

The Future Is Now

In 1993, a small group of 9 and 10-year old children at Hillcrest Elementary in Ruston, LA, fairly decently used the crystal balls known as their imaginations to predict virtual education and developments in computer-mediated communication. My fourth grade year I was admitted into my elementary school’s gifted program. One of our first projects afterContinue reading “The Future Is Now”

Memento mori: love macabre

When I was young I read Poe – The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, The Telltale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, and such – of my own volition. These weren’t assigned readings. I chose to fall into them in my free time. I recall specifically reading Poe at my desk in third grade afterContinue reading “Memento mori: love macabre”

On Weber, rationality, the spirit of capitalism, and the Protestant Ethic

This is question 4 from a social theory (SOC 401) essay exam in undergrad. Keep in mind the wording of the professor’s questions – particularly where he says “according to Weber” and “What does he see…” This is me explaining through Weber’s eyes. I may agree/disagree or see things differently in parts. But stating thatContinue reading “On Weber, rationality, the spirit of capitalism, and the Protestant Ethic”

On trials/tribulations, victory, and worldview

In 2009 I took Communication & Organizational Ethics (COML 503). Fantastic class. One of our required books was The Question of God by Dr. Armand Nicholi. During the study of this book, this was one of the questions posed. Prompt: Both Freud and Lewis experienced pain, suffering, loss and disappointment in their adult life; however,Continue reading “On trials/tribulations, victory, and worldview”

Diversity and disrupting organizational culture

(a discussion from March 2010) Prompt: Recent news events, such as the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court justice and the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, have emphasized that people have different experiences due to race and gender (as well as class, physical appearance, etc.) When it comes to getting “the right people onContinue reading “Diversity and disrupting organizational culture”