Class Notes for 2/14/17

Good Evening this is the class notes for 2/14/17, not sure if I stuctured this correctly.

Homework for Thursday 2/16/17
-Metropolis (Blog due w/ 2115)
-Look at post/comments (Syllabus daily check in)

Free writing: (7 mins)

1. Main conflicts/identifying whether internal or external + themes
2. What is valued (competing sets of values > Kuno/Vashti)

Class discussion on “The machine stops.”


Vashti- Kuno mother, lecturer, religious and dependent on the machines. Mainstream views of the society.

Kuno- son of Vashti, rebellious and athletic

The machine- secures needs of the people, the center, isolates the people. Related to “The Book” (which is written by the central committee)


Between Vashti and Kuno
Kuno wanting to have that bond between him and his mother.
Kuno and society
Kuno trying to break away from the machine nurturing system that has weakened the people.

Safety, Control, Order and Uniformity

Vocabulary & terms:

Technological Determinism- Technology determining what happens in society

Affordance- Type of possibility in a setting

Reverently- (adverb) To handle something in a respect and religious manner

Acquiescence- (n) to accept without rebel

Artificial-(adj) Something that’s man made, unnatural

Active Reading- To reading any material with questions to have a better understanding.

One thought on “Class Notes for 2/14/17

  1. Thanks L for posting these notes (though a friendly reminder that–to have maximum impact–they should be posted no later than the night of class!).

    These are looking good: the only thing is that you should include the quotes/citations for the passages we looked at together in class, and our analysis of them. I know that can be hard to keep track of, but it’s something to aim for. Maybe other students can help us crowdsource these excerpts from Tuesday’s class? Just drop comments here on this post. Thanks 🙂

    Finally, an “affordance,” the way we were discussing it in class, is the type of possibilities afforded (or made possible) by a technology, so we were really using it in the larger sense of “technological affordances.”

    Oh, and “active reading” definitely involves asking questions of a text, but it also includes other types of engagement with a text, such as annotations (highlighting, defining words, etc.).

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