1. DEPENDENCE, INDEPENDENCE, INTERDEPENDENCE (Turkle)
On page 169 of Alone Together, Turkle writes:
These days, cultural norms are rapidly shifting. We used to
equate growing up with the ability to function independently.
These days, always-on connection leads us to reconsider the
virtues of a more collaborative self. All questions about
autonomy look different if on a daily basis, we are together
even when we are alone.
What is Turkle trying to say? Why do Americans mistrust the American government?
Compare Turkle’s position with the article in the Arthur (September 10, 2012, page 3).
2. WHAT DOES EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE DESIGN LOOK LIKE (Isaacson)
The user does not know what he wants until I tell him what he wants. This was the
basic conviction of Steve Jobs.
On pages 392 and 393, Isaacson writes:
Jobs unveiled the iPod on October 23, 2001, at one of his
signature product launch events. “Hint: It’s not a Mac”…
… He reached into his jeans and pulled out the gleaming white
device. “This amazing little device holds a thousand songs,
and it goes right in my pocket.” He slipped it back in and
ambled offstage to applause. …
… the iPod became the essence of everything Apple was
destined to be: poetry connected to engineering, arts and
creativity intersecting with technology, design that’s bold and
simple. It had an ease of use that came from being an
integrated end-to-end system, from computer to FireWire to
device to software to content management. When you took an
iPod out of the box, it was so beautiful that it seemed to glow,
and it made all other music players look as if they had been
designed and manufactured in Uzbekistan.
Explain Steve Jobs’s approach to comprehensive design.
3. WOULD YOU RATHER BE AT HARVARD? (Kirkpatrick)
What do you think of the Facebook story? If you saw the film, how would you compare
the film to the Kirkpatrick or the Mezrich book? Is there a person, or are there persons,
in the story that you could identify with? What are the various roles in the book that
speak to your own personal experience?
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