Monday, September 15, 2008

Technology as a Verfremdungseffekt

A video that I (edited?) for work.

"Technology is not ancillary," says Geoff Proehl of the UPS Theatre Arts Department, "I think its central [to teaching]".

The snippet was a very good leftover clip from an earlier interview with this professor of dramaturgy. He begun a few years back using wikis and online collaboration devices to keep the academic discipline going, guided by his belief that technology helps him see his work in a different way.

Verfremdungseffekt; "A change in an individual's attitudes, associations, or beliefs is effected not through a straightforward presentation of ideas but through a fundamental restructuring of perception and understanding"

- Dramaturgy Northwest (website)

The goal of iTech is to support the academic use of technology.

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