King Ludd: Ulmer Statement
Q: Pedagogy "cyberspatial"? VR help reconceive the University?
- terms such as "VR", "cyberspace" etc are placeholders, perhaps catachreses, to name a support for language, memory, + that is emerging in our technology.
- Grammatology (the history and theory of writing) is the frame I use to speculate on what is happening around these technologies.
- In grammatological terms, everything having to do with school practices and discipline knowledge as institutions is a feature of literacy, of the literate apparatus.
- an "apparatus" includes not only the technology but also institutionalized practices and individual subject formation (it is a social machine).
- Computeracy (electeracy, byteracy) is being invented within the apparatus of literacy (just as writing was invented within orality) but will evolve into its own apparatus.
- Critical thinking, casting thought into the structure of problem and solution, reasoning the form of argumentation--all these are literate practices, developed within school as an institutionalization of writing. Critical thinking is to byteracy what memory theaters were to the scientific treatise.
- Critical method still has a major role to play in the invention and design of the practices of learning (and the apparatus of byteracy as a whole) relevant to "cyberspace."
The 7 points above are not axioms but points of departure for further discussion.
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