Nugget Assignment #2 “Man-Computer Symbiosis”

J.C.R Licklider is another early pioneer in the computer field; his involvement helped solidify the “iron triangle” of industry, the military, and academia.   He went by the nickname of “Lick” (okay, I find that knowing this helps humanize him for me — because Lick — really?  Who doesn’t like a guy named Lick?)tn_Tongue

So don’t be intimidated by his text, just let yourself read it and think about what he’s proposing — how it intersects with your own thinking and reading in the course so far.

Find a “nugget”from “Man-Computer Symbiosis” and make it meaningful in your response to it. Your response to the nugget should be relevant and robust.

  • What is a nugget?  A passage from the reading, at least one paragraph in length, that grabs your attention in some way.  It could be a passage that puzzles you, or intrigues you, or resonates strongly with you. It could be a passage that you disagree with or that challenges your thinking in a new way.  The idea here is that the passage evokes some kind of strong response in you, one that makes you want to work with the passage to make it just as meaningful as possible.
  • How to make it meaningful?  This is your challenge.  You’ll probably start by copying the nugget into your post. From there, consider hyperlinks, illustrations, video clips, animated gifs, screenshots, social media links, and any other tools of the internet. Make the experience as rich and interesting as you can. The experience of making the nugget “meaningful” will likely require quite a bit of internet browsing and exploration.

The goal of this assignment is to read  Licklider’s essay carefully and respond to it imaginatively. Your work with “nuggets” should be both fun and in earnest. It should demonstrate your own deep engagement with a selection of the reading that resonates for you, and it should stimulate thinking in your reader as well.

I would also add that your grappling with the nugget should give us some sense that you understand the overall claims Lick(lider) is making — how that nugget fits into the larger context of his arguments.

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