[Humanist] 26.243 brave new world?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Aug 24 10:43:20 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 243.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:37:21 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Brave New World, version ?

Our colleague Jascha Kessler has sent me a letter he wrote to the Editor 
of the Financial Times, for Saturday, 18 August 2012, "Brave new world 
without teachers, or learning, or thinkers". It concerns dire 
predictions of what will happen to higher education as a result of 
prominent efforts to teach very large classes by online means. (I send 
it along as my first attachment, below.) Perhaps this effort will be as 
successful as various tsunamis have been in wiping out costal 
settlements. (The metaphor is columnist Christopher Caldwell's, for 
which see my second attachment.) But I recall prominent efforts at the 
University of California at Berkeley in the early 1960s to promote 
teaching by television, accompanied at registration by enthusiastic 
posters declaring e.g. "See Professor Helson on television!" One can 
still find the large, now empty, brackets for the televisions in some places.

I spit nails, but not here. I think of all my years in classrooms, with 
people, face to face. "Now we see through a glass darkly, then face to 
face" reversed? I know, Paul's words are more accurately for us 
translated "by means of a mirror in an enigma", but the point remains,
does it not?



*** Attachments:

Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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