Finding the Edges of your Page [...]

Tom Barrett explores various examples of constraints and the creative possibilities that it provides. This is not to be confused with restraint, those aspects impose self-control. Constraints come in many different forms, including space and design.

Not to be confused with restraint which is much more about self-control, constraint is about finding the edges of the page before you begin, it is about knowing what limits you have in terms of resources. It is about must haves and must nots. And to be honest not something I previously worried too much about, but now I see constraint in lots of work that I do and inevitably seek them out if they are not so explicit. (Source)

Creativity and Digital Technology [...]

Naomi Barnes discusses on the supposed freedoms provided by the web. Discussing the work of Gardner and Davis, it is suggested that the app generation brings with it its own creative constructs.

Digital apps and worlds, have boundaries (or scaffolds) – no matter how vast, no matter how much the creator allows manipulation of story lines and sharing of ideas. There are limitations because a finite number of people created the experience and those creators have finite imaginations, limited further by the capabilities of digital tools. There are limitations imposed by the re-creators themselves through language and the homogeny of the sites they settle on and continue to return to. It might not feel finite…but it is.Source


Platform Society Templated Self

Technology Ownership [...]

A panel of experts discuss what it means to own things in the digital age in this episode of Future Tense:

More and more of the objects we use in our daily lives include software, from cars to communication devices to toys. In the digital world you never really own that software, you’re simply given a licence to use it. So what does that mean for our notion of “ownership” Source

The Gender Trope [...]

Marten Koomen reflects on the recent sacking of Mark Latham by Sky News as uses it as an opportunity to review the continued gender divide across society. Even though they are just as capable and competent, Koomen highlights the absence of voice at the table.

The ABC’s Insiders exemplifies some broader dynamics.  It shows that journalism is one field where women are as competent as men, yet still lack voice in shaping the social sphere and the debates. This seems not isolated to journalism, as women are often promoted in other fields based on their functional efficiency then ignored in conversations that shape their workplace and society. In this case, Irigaray’s products of exchange as “Mother, virgin, prostitute” could be expanded to include “highly functional robot”.Source

This reminds me of Kate O'Halloran's reflections on the place of gay players within the AFLW.

Technology Makes Learning More Doable [...]

It is often argued that technology is about redefinition and substitution. However, Bill Ferriter makes the case that technology simply makes things more doable and easier for everyone.

Technology lowers barriers, making the kinds of higher order learning experiences that matter infinitely more doable than they were in previous decades. (Source)

This is contrast to those like Papert and Stager who make the case that technology is never neutral.