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  5 Responses to “You too can see past the code, with fundamental knowledge to inform you”

  1. I think the meme you found gets at a key point about “knowing circuitry,” which is that even experts do not know every detail of a system at every time. However, I think that those outside a field of expertise (non-computer savvy people in this instance) have a perception that this is not the case. Like you mention, however, knowing the basics of a system or problem is important because it allows someone to know what questions to ask in the first place. From there, it becomes much easier to address any problem you might encounter with a new or otherwise unfamiliar technology.

    • Hi Emily,
      Your response follows up on the ideas proposed by Kollin, and is in general agreement with his points. However, your contribution does not develop the concepts further nor adds new examples. For future opportunities, use the blog responses as spaces to ask new questions or connect the ideas to other readings from the class.

  2. Hey Kollin,

    My favorite reading was “How to Read, Part 1: Dissecting a Text” by Zachary Shore.

    There was a specific part on page 13 where it says, “In some undergraduate courses, and in most graduate ones, you will be quickly overwhelmed by the amount of reading. If you try to read every word of every book assigned, you will drown. You will not sleep. You will not eat.” and it goes on explaining what will happen if you become too detail-oriented. I find this to be true for myself. I find that my life will be soaked up like a sponge if I ever focus on trying to, say, memorize every word from a reading.

    Also, related to learning the basics as you’ve mentioned, it would be impossible to do this assignment without knowing how to read.

    Related to all the mentions of the word “maker” and “making”, perhaps it could be called “makerhood”. I know a series of audiobooks you may be interested in, Kollin. I presented one of them in our Game Studies 1 class we had last semester. They are written by a local author named Tony Bridwell (https://twitter.com/bridwelltony?lang=en) and they are called The Kingmaker, The Changemaker, The Differencemaker, and The Newsmaker.

    I would attach a photo of the audiobook series, however, I’m not entirely familiar with this website just quite yet.


    Nicholas Geldert

    • Hi Nicholas,
      You have done a good job in making connections from the main post to other ideas and examples. A couple of recommendations for future opportunities: When connecting your ideas to other readings, make clear the connection you are drawing. In the case of the reading by Shore, it is not clear what the relation with knowledge and making is. Similarly, it is not clear why are you introducing the audio books at the end of your blog response. A strategy you could use is to introduce the examples first, making clear why they are relevant to the concepts you are developing, then link the source for the readers to explore further.

  3. Hi Kollin
    Here are some comments about your work:

    Your blogpost is in general well structured and communicates the ideas you want to put forward. It is interesting that you differentiate between information and knowledge, as well as the repercussions for working with technology. The tone you have used in your text allows me to enjoy reading and follow your ideas. Next time, make sure to include the sources of the quotes you have used.

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