Thoughts about a Quote from Gardner Campbell’s article “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure“.

"wrapped" - Christo and Jeanne Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98

  “Environments are not passive wrappings but active processes…”

I particularly like this quote from the fifth paragraph of the article that follows after the statement on technology’s potential to develop progressive human environment. Wrappings are what enfolds or hold something within limits, and I thought it was interesting how that expresses the recent state of the environment we live in. As Campbell claims, the mere “digital facelift” is not an improvement, but rather a kind of hindrance in reducing our intellectual ability. Thus, we are nurtured with such an information-filled environment and built an unfavorable habit of passively capturing what is in front of us. Considering the fact that we exchanged creative minds for convenience, I agree to Campbell’s critique on the relationship between template-based higher education today. This also reminds me of the grace of Web 2.0 such as self-publishing and (self-)sharing online. However, his other quote “The medium is the message” seems to explain the importance of thinking in our digital environment. We are often distracted by the medium itself from the virtues it possesses. The changes are usually obvious to us, but we tend to ignore their significance.

An environment is an active process which we all share the rights to improve it. We have to be able to take control of the changes set by the new innovation in order to not let them develop as mere wrappings.


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  1. Your thoughtful response to the sentence was a delight to read. I like the way you zeroed in on environments as processes instead of passive wrappings. I think this ties in to a point Campbell makes later in the essay about all of us needing to awaken to realize the level of freedom and self-efficacy that is there for us to use.

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