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Mark Jackson

Three things:

1) Medium *Cool*?

2) Darren Bleuel's Nukees strip just embedded some TV news coverage in a larger arc about a giant robot ant attack on a congressional hearing. Four strips starting here: http://www.nukees.com/d/20141027.html

3) [Long] Postman also made a brief, prescient remark about computers. This is from my post to the Computers and Society email digest in 1987:

'. . .let me note your closing comment: "The major question: Who
does the computerization of society benefit, and why?" Neil
Postman, in /Amusing Ourselves to Death/, has this to say:

"Although I believe the computer to be a vastly overrated
technology, I mention it here because, clearly, Americans have
accorded it their customary inattention; which means they will
use it as they are told, without a whimper. Thus, a central
thesis of computer technology--that the principal difficulty we
have in solving problems stems from insufficient data--will go
unexamined. Until, years from now, when it will be noticed that
the massive collection and speed-of-light retrieval of data have
been of great value to large-scale organizations but have solved
very little of importance to most people and have created at
least as many problems for them as they may have solved."

'Now clearly there is a lot to argue with here (I believe, for
example, that the general inability of humans to form effective,
humane organizations on a large scale is an enormous problem for
*everyone*), but I assume that each of us who reads this digest
sees *some* such outcome as a possibility, and is interested in
avoiding that eventuality if possible.'

Yes, I was overoptimistic.

Mike Peterson

Yeah, Haskell Wexler's comic strip, "Medium Cool." It's kind of like an updated version of "Dondi," set in Chicago in 1968.


Museum Guard Bob Abrahams


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