pages RE: [xmca] technological tools & foreign cultures

From: Tony Whitson (twhitson@UDel.Edu)
Date: Wed Feb 08 2006 - 10:28:46 PST


I should have mentioned that
the relevant discussion is on pages 54-57

On Wed, 8 Feb 2006, Tony Whitson wrote:

> Mike writes:
> Comment in question form. What is an example of a nontechnological tool?
> mike
>
> ----
>
> In the context of accountability via high-stakes testing, I have found the
> understanding of "technology" to be a very interesting problem.
>
> I discuss this briefly in
> "Education la Silhouette: The need for semiotically-informed curriculum
> consciousness" which is at
>
> http://www.udel.edu/soe/whitson/files/Whitson_Semiotica.pdf
>
> On 2/8/06, basile zimmermann <Basile.Zimmermann@lettres.unige.ch> wrote:
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> I was wondering if someone on the list could help me find information
>> on "affordances or cultural constraints 'inside' technological tools,
>> based on history and design".
>>
>> Things like when an ASCII keyboard is based on the latin alphabet,
>> which is inconvenient for writing in Chinese, the issue of 'corrupted'
>> French (and other foreign languages) accents in e-mails*, or the fact
>> that websites names can only be written in plain English etc.
>>
>> Any help really appreciated (I am looking for more
>> references/comparisons for my thesis) --thanks very much in advance,
>>
>> Basile
>>
>> *I actually wrote myself a very short "first-try" article (5 pages) on
>> these issues about a year ago. If someone wants to have a look email me
>> privately and I'll be very glad to send a copy.
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Basile Zimmermann
>> Teaching assistant
>>
>> Unit of Chinese Studies
>> Faculty of Arts
>> University of Geneva
>> 2, rue de Candolle
>> 1211 Geneva 4
>> Suisse
>>
>> Phone. +41 22 379 72 40
>> Fax. +41 22 379 72 81
>> E-mail. basile.zimmermann@lettres.unige.ch
>> Web. http://www.unige.ch/lettres/meslo/chinois/
>>
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