The Full-Length Mirror of Philip K. Dick

Ending today, Simon Critchley has presented a three-part series on Philip K. Dick's Exegesis on the Opinion page of The New York Times. As I have used Dick's writings to illuminate points in each of my books on 'new media' (this, this, and this), in my book on home viewing of movies and even in my … Continue reading The Full-Length Mirror of Philip K. Dick

The School of Teaching Without Teaching, Part II

This morning, before leaving for school, I responded to Thomas Friedman's piece in today's New York Times. I wrote quickly. Though today is "reading day" before final exams, I am responsible for a good deal of advisement and needed to get to the college so that I can talk to students face-to-face. As a teacher, … Continue reading The School of Teaching Without Teaching, Part II

Fake Humans, Fake Realities, Real Children

Dear Sherry Turkle,Let me start with a little story: A couple of years ago, I gave a talk at a small conference on technology.  During it, I referenced your book The Inner History of Devices.  My wife was sitting at a table with a number of people who work in entertainment technology.  At the sound … Continue reading Fake Humans, Fake Realities, Real Children

"Mr. Watson… Come here–I want to see you"

Philip K. Dick's questioning title, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? isn't feeling quite so whimsical these days.  It's not that IBM's new Watson can dream, or that David Gerrold's Harley really has begun to "think."  It's that our machines are becoming more and more integrated into what we are and what we do.By that, … Continue reading "Mr. Watson… Come here–I want to see you"

The Product as Process: Implications of New-Media Publication

What follows is the text of a short talk I will give as part of a roundtable on Saturday, March 21 at the New Jersey College English Association Annual Conference, Jubilee Hall, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ at 2:30. The session is called "New Media and the Literary Artifact."Rather than an extension of our … Continue reading The Product as Process: Implications of New-Media Publication