Tuesday, November 25, 2008

REMINDER: 3d Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities 12/1

See below for a reminder of the upcoming 3d Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities, on "Software Studies," taking place at UCLA in real life (RL) and on Entropia, the DLF Second Life (SL) island on December 1st. There's also a reminder of the RL-only lecture on December 2d at UCLA, on "Understanding Metamedia." We'll be broadcasting a live video feed of the Seminar into SL, and will project SL onto a screen for the RL audience.

If you would like to attend in SL, please rsvp directly to me:

I'll send you the SLURL (Second Life url), as well as instructions for viewing the video and adjusting the audio in SL. You will need an SL avatar in order to participate via SL. Basic SL accounts are free: www.secondlife.com/ The SL audience is limited to 50.

In case you're wondering what the topic of "Software Studies"
covers, here's an excerpt from the first reading listed for this Seminar ("Software Takes Command,") authored by the speaker, Lev Manovich:

"Software, or the Engine of Contemporary Societies

In the beginning of the 1990s, the most famous global brands were the companies that were in the business of producing materials goods or processing physical matter. Today, however, the lists of bestrecognized global brands are topped with the names such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. (In fact, Google was number one in the world in
2007 in terms of brand recognition.) And, at least in the U.S., the most widely read newspapers and magazines - New York Times, USA Today, Business Week, etc. - daily feature news and stories about YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Apple, Google, and other IT companies.

What about other media? If you access CNN web site and navigate to the business section, you will see a market data for just ten companies and indexes displayed right on the home page.1 Although the list changes daily, it is always likely to include some of the same IT

1 http://money.cnn.com, accessed January 21, 2008."

See the message below for a link to this and other readings for this Seminar.

SL attendees, I look forward to hearing from you!

Esther Grassian
Information Literacy Outreach Coordinator UCLA College Library Box 951450 L.A., CA 90095-1450
Phone: 310-206-4410
Fax: 310-206-9312
Email: estherg@library.ucla.edu
Skype: esthergrassian
SL: Alexandria Knight
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Subject: Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities December 1st: Software Studies with Lev Manovich`

This is a reminder that the next Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities will be next Monday, December 1st, from 2-5 pm in 193-199 Humanities Building. Our guest speaker will be UCSD professor Lev Manovich, who will lead us in a discussion of Software Studies. Readings for the seminar are available on the front page of the UCLA Media Studies and Digital Humanities website (http://www.digitalhumanities.ucla.edu/) or directly at http://www.digitalhumanities.ucla.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=
As before, our seminar will also be broadcast in Second Life, in the Digital Library Federation island Entropia.

The following day, December 2nd, Manovich will give another talk, entitled "Understanding Metamedia," from 12-2 pm in 236 Royce. You are invited to attend this lecture as well.

David Shepard

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