Retitled to categories as 'extensions of the physical self' and 'extensions of our cognitive structure.' Added the parable of the 'Wallace Paradox.' Chicagogreen 15:31, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Even after taking care of some brandname/product association reguarding DVRs im still not convinced that it exemplifies anthropotropism Bobagra 03:17, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Thought provoking questions about the concept of Anthropotropism:
Q If talkies replaces silent films, why did television not replace radio?
Q Why aren't videophones in common use, if the ability to make one is decades old?
Q How do the keyboard and mouse violate the anthropotropic principle? What would alternatives be and why are we not developing them?
Q What do true broadcast mediums (original TV and Radio) have in common with oral/aural culture that no other medium, including digital media has?
Q How does video editing appear to violate the anthropotropic principle?
Q So why do we prefer the ability to rewind, fast forward, pause, etc?
Questions about Marshall McLuhan's belief that all media are in some way an "extension of the self:"
Q How do we extend our memory?
Q How do we extend our ears?
Q How do we extend our eyes?
Q How do we extend our voice?
Q When did we start storing information outside of our own heads?
Q How do all forms of media in turn overcome space (books, photography, film, broadcast, networked) ... which ones do it best?
Q What forms of traditional media best overcome time?
Q How does the computer compare to previous forms of media in terms of overcoming space and time?
Q What qualities of oral / aural culture does the medium of the computer make possible again?
Q What is natural (if anything) about IMing, while listening to music, while writing a paper for class?
Q Where does this progression take us in the future?
Chicagogreen 22:43, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Deleted references to the Star Trek Borg and assimilation as well as to references that connect the concept with a "murderous American society." Chicagogreen
Edited formatting, added The Mouse content, more to come. Bobagra 05:16, 28 February 2008 (UTC)