Easter and summertime made it hard for a few people to attend, but there were still five of use discussing the questions that Zane and Matthew raised. You can access the recording of the session here:
Week 2 #UMRG Recording
We managed to discuss whether we need to understand technology or should just use it (and the concept of suspending judgement), what McLuhan meant when he talked about artists, why artists are important, a few specific examples of hybrid energy created by artists and McLuhan’s perspective on the quantified self movement.
A big thank you to all the participants!
I pressed the record button a tad late, but the majority of our discussion has been recorded here:
Week 1 #UMRG Recording
We only managed to address two of the four/five questions we had, but I do think the diversity of opinion helped everybody in their understanding. I hope you’ll be able to join next week too!
We have just finished the kickoff meeting of the Understanding Media Reading Group.
Technology Woes (Adobe Connect)
We had a bit of messy start with most of us (including me) struggling with getting Audio and Video to work in Adobe Connect. I therefore “stole” a set of instructions for Adobe Connect that should make things a lot easier next week. Find them here.
A Recording of our Meeting
If you can stomach the disorder, then this recording of the kickoff meeting does have some useful information. We discussed the technology architecture of the reading group, clarified some things around the weekly summaries, looked at some of the potential guest lecturers and introduced ourselves to each other. We also decided we will run a weekly quote competition.
They don’t come more “quotable” than McLuhan. Every week we will run a quote competition. The “rules” are as follows:
- Everybody can participate
- The quote will have to come from one of the chapters we are reading in that week
- Everybody can only send in one quote
- The quote has to fit in a single tweet (incl. a hashtag)
- You send in the quote by tweeting it with hashtag #umrgquote
- We will vote on the best quote during our weekly webinar
Using the #UMRG hashtag
Everybody is encouraged to post thoughts, links to thoughts and or link to Twitter and to use the hashtag #umrg. I will put in some effort to aggregate and curate what comes by in through that channel and will repost it in the blog.
Do find me and connect if you have any other questions or thoughts. Let’s start reading! Up for this week are the introduction(s) and chapter 1, 2 and 3.