Monday, November 13, 2006

digital artistry or digital delusion

I had been reading a classical piece on the purpose of education, to teach carpentry not hammering.

In 1997 Todd Oppenheimer was saying
Last fall, after school administrators in Mansfield, Massachusetts, had eliminated proposed art, music, and physical-education positions in favor of buying computers, Michael Bellino, an electrical engineer at Boston University's Center for Space Physics, appeared before the Massachusetts Board of Education to protest. "The purpose of the schools [is] to 'Teach carpentry, not hammer,'" he testified. "We need to teach the whys and ways of the world. Tools come and tools go. Teaching our children tools limits their knowledge to these tools and hence limits their futures."
Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; July 1997; The Computer Delusion; Volume 280, No. 1; pages 45-62.

Then arti sent this misguided example of a kiwi ingenuity. Is this what happens when we teach hammering rather than thinking? While i am wanting to include digital narrative in my own thesis, i hope such a fate does not befall me as I note that this is an animation produced for a master's thesis by Dony Permedi...

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