Muppets and the Computer…
I should be able to cut and paste this from the Neuromancer ebookIs that the word? Oddly, I’ve read about 15 or 20 books on the phone in the last couple of months. The price is a rip off but you can’t beat the convenience. I have on my freaking iPhone but I can’t. So here is the hand transcribed passage that reminded me of edupunk and surrounding nonsense. Not sure if the parallels qualify as irony but it’s at least interesting. …but others (including many who’d never gone near a a science fiction novel before in their lives, nor should they have) took what came quickly, to be called cyberpunk far more seriously that they should have. Nasty remarks pelted like rain on the hard, bony heads of the more oafish supporters and detractors alike, but there was no inconsiderable fun in that. Everyone loves a fight when no one loves the fighters. The speedy commodification of cyberpunk™ within and beyond the genre, however, was what peeved far many more, notably Gibson, who remembers seeing “Cyberpunk Trousers” advertised in a store window during his first trip to Japan, a decade ago. Countless incompetents and ghastly old hacks keen to cash in on the main chance wasted no time churning out hot jack-in product, ephemeral as toilet tissue, memorable as […]
This image was sent around my old job as “proof” kids would cheat if given tests on computers. There was some sort of panic laced headline like “As if you needed proof that monitoring was a good idea!!!!” The image was taken using Remote Desktop. I don’t think the sender saw the irony. If your test can be answered simply by using the dictionary would it really be worth taking anyway (unless it was a test on how to use a dictionary- then we’re ok)? I actually semi-like this question because it requires the student to think (at least a little). Are there other meanings for “high profile?” Which one applies to this sentence? It looks like it defeated this student’s attempt to cheat. All in all, I’m depressed on several levels.