Nugget Assignment #4: Computer Lib/Dream Machine

“But today, at this moment, we can and must design the media, design the molecules of our new water, and I believe the details of this design matter very deeply. They will be with us for a very long time, perhaps as long as man has left; perhaps if they are as good as they can be, man may even buy more time—or the open-ended future most suppose remains.
So in these pages I hope to orient you somewhat to various of the proposed dreams. This is meant also to record the efforts of a few Brewster McClouds, each tinkering toward some new flight of fancy in his own sensoarium.
But bear in mind that hard-edged fantasy is the corner of tomorrow. The great American dream often becomes the great American novelty. After which it’s a choice of style, size and financing plan.
The most exciting things here are those that involve
computers: notably, because computers will be embraced in
every presentational medium and thoughtful medium very
soon.”

This passage shows the reasons why Nelson believes that everyone should try to understand computers. In this part the Dream Machine he takes a different approach in his writing. The passages had more pictures in them and to me made it more confusing to read. With all the pictures which seemed to be scattered throughout this part I lost found myself losing track of what he was saying. Within this passage he talks about how we are must design the media for tomorrow. Considering that this was written in 1974 I doubt he expected media to grow to this size and the use of computers. The media of today was shaped through the use of computers and grown and used in almost everything we do. He also uses Engelbart’s article to discuss ways we can change our thinking to better use and understand computers.

5 thoughts on “Nugget Assignment #4: Computer Lib/Dream Machine”

  1. While I like the passage and what you had to say about it, I can’t help but notice only half of your response had some rich substance to it. Explaining your confusion with the layout of the document is important, but you might have fleshed out your ideas for a bit longer.

  2. I liked the passage that you chose from the reading. Although you mentioned how confusing it was to you, i don’t really think that was relevant. If anything, i think the pictures were there to help you. You didn’t really take apart the nugget . You could incorporate more thoughts about why you chose this “nugget” or focus more on what he was saying.

  3. I feel like you spent more time talking about how the picture confused you rather than what the passage meant to you. It would be nice if you spoke more about how this passage made you feel and what you thought it meant. It would be a little bit more interesting to read your posts as well if you included some imagery that helped add substance to your words.

  4. I couldn’t agree with you more about the dream machine section being difficult to read! I was having to back track so much to regain the idea that he was trying to get across in each paragraph or so. Although, the pictures did help get the point across after rereading it a couple times.

  5. I thought it was interesting that you said the pictures were distracting. I found them to add some creativity to the piece, but I agree that some almost seemed to be slightly confusing and unexplained. I noticed that you chose a rather large nugget, maybe next time choose a smaller chunk and it might be easier to break down and explain the entire nugget.

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