[Humanist] 24.429 iPad and industrialisation

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Oct 25 07:06:21 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 429.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 14:57:34 -0400
        From: Francois Lachance <lachance at chass.utoronto.ca>
        Subject: the iPad and industrialisation of the digital humanities
        In-Reply-To: <20101022134728.B12236396C at woodward.joyent.us>


A passage in the New York Times of October 17, 2010, caught my attention 
because it resonates with two recent threads on Humanist [iPad deployment 
and idustrialisation of the discipline].

Many iPhone apps on the market are aimed directly at pre-schoolers, many 
of them labeled "educational," such as Toddler Teasers: Shapes, which 
asks the child to tap a circle or square or triangle; and Pocket Zoo, 
which streams live video of animals at zoos around the world. There are 
"flash cards" aimed at teaching children to read and spell, and a "Wheels 
on the Bus" app that sings the popular song in multiple languages. Then 
there's the new iGo Potty app (sponsored by Kimberly-Clark, maker of 
Huggies training pants), with automated phone calls reminding toddlers 
that it's time to "go."

Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large

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