Nugget 6

“Devices” which variously store, retrieve, or manipulate information in the form of messages embedded in a medium have been in existence for thousands of years. People use them to communicate ideas and feelings both to others and back to themselves. Although thinking goes on in one’s head, external media serve to materialize thoughts and, through feedback, to augment the actual paths the thinking follows. Methods discovered in one medium provide metaphors which contribute new ways to think about notions in other media.”

-Alan Key and Adele Goldberg

This is a very interesting and relevant “nugget” because this small excerpt from the article has a lot to do with our class. The authors talk about the main roles of these “devices”, new and old. I found it relevant to what we have been doing in our UNIV 200 class, recently, because we have been receiving feedback from our professor and peers, finding resources and storing them on Diigo, and “manipulating” the articles to find what will be used in our papers and what is most important about the article.

The authors say that “Although thinking goes on in one’s head, external media serve to materialize thoughts and, through feedback, to augment the actual paths the thinking follows.” This quote reminded me of the first article and second article that we had to read in the beginning of this class.  The way we allow ourselves to think involves both the media and our self-knowledge. We depend on the findings and resources provided to us on the internet, magazines, and other media because it is where most of the knowledge, now, resides. We build off of what we find and take our thinking process from there.

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