Hegemony and hypertext

Hegemony is designed into objects The object is discursive. Designers must engage semiosis.  Ideologies hide in tech writing. *The UX* is *the sales pitch*. Hypertext is no escape. Consider how a device or program carries or even enforces a hegemony or ideology. The object is discursive. It makes an argument, it makes a claim, it… Continue reading Hegemony and hypertext

tufte, illusions, trump

Tufte writes about attention and misdirection. To create illusions is to engage in disinformation design…. In conjuring, strategies of disguise and attention control work to regulate the optical information available to the spectator. As we have seen for the backpalm and the copper-silver coin exchange, a common technique is to disguise smaller motions by means… Continue reading tufte, illusions, trump

the double-edged hobson’s choice janus-faced statement of learning objectives

We’re closing in on getting classes started for spring, so I’ve been updating syllabi and course statements.  I’m really trying to cut – heavily cut – what I provide in the current Weblogs and Wikis statement. Not condense, not rework, but just cut.  One problem is that in explaining objectives and criteria for evaluation has to take… Continue reading the double-edged hobson’s choice janus-faced statement of learning objectives

throat clearing

Time to get back to the classroom, and that means breaking in some new software, including an updated blogging app, Blogo. It was out orignally in 2009, if my old license key is accurate, but went dark for a while. It’s been released as v 2. It seems roughly the same as I recall it… Continue reading throat clearing