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Designing Culture

Technology is constantly changing the way we organize everything. Despite the pace of change, we’re still in control. This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with Anne Balsamo about the ways she says it’s possible for us to design the culture we want through the way we use the technologies we create.


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Anne Balsamo

Anne Balsamo

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Professor Anne Balsamo. She’s a media designer by trade and has been involved in creating several interactive exhibits, like a digital version of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that you can explore by quilt block, name and date. She says in order for us to live in the world we want, we need to keep that world in mind while we’re designing and using our technologies. We’ll talk with her this hour about what interactive media is and if its constructive or just another distraction.

Balsamo is also heading a project called “FemTechNet,” which among other things, has been responsible for adding women into some of Wikipedia's historical entries. We'll also talk with her about how "FemTechNet" is working to create new kinds of learning opportunities though online collaborative education and about how her femisist views mesh with her work arguments about technologies. 

Anne is giving a talk entitled “Designing Digital Memories” at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the Library and Information Science Building at 501 East Daniel Street in Champaign.

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    everything for instance when did we decide we had the sum of parts on 740 camera
    the characters in meadows in and out some of my guest today on focused
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    technology design the effects we want some als media designs include
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    increasing mentions of women Wikipedia another website and balsam was in town
    InTown to speak at the University of Illinois first conversation on phone

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    University of Illinois who is Kermit the dean of the school of media studies
    Melissa professor media studies at a new school for public engagement in New York City
    City and welcome to focus glad to be here thanks in and you know it
    what is the term that comes to mind for what you actually do seems to be media designer you been
    you been engaged in a designing media really over a a lot of
    a lot of different interests what if there’s a common thread seems to be that we are the ones
    160 Beacon in control of the media we use which it doesn’t know it


    listen to work that way when we look at the mass media and electronic media digital mean
    Media is part of it mass media but when you’re dealing with large c**
    large companies which are essentially attracting you because they can make money off of
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