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Humanist Archives: Dec. 9, 2021, 8:03 a.m. Humanist 35.393 - pubs: Critically Conscious Computing (with comment); Internet Histories 5.3-4

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    [1]    From: Willard McCarty <>
           Subject: Critically Conscious Computing? (33)

    [2]    From: Asger Harlung <>
           Subject: Internet Histories Volume 5, Issue 3-4 is online (87)

        Date: 2021-12-08 16:37:55+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: Critically Conscious Computing?

Some here will already know about Ko et al, Critically Conscious Computing:
Methods for Secondary Education; in case not, see 
( I mention it here, however, 
to raise a question about what a 'critically conscious' perspective 

Consider, if you would, the first sentence of Chapter 8, "Computers":

> Digital computers were invented as a way of replacing people with
> something faster, less error prone, and tireless, mirroring the
> capitalist values of the industrial revolution.

Really? Was that the intention of the inventors? The need for critical 
perspectives on computing would be very difficult to gainsay; the question, 
I'd think, is whether a critical perspective takes into account as much as 
can be known about "what they thought when they did it", as Richard 
Hamming once wrote. One could avoid the problem here by saying that,
'When digital computers were invented, they reflected capitalist values 
of the Industrial Revolution. Replacing people with a faster, less error-prone 
and tireless way of producing goods did not seem to trouble those who 
pushed to automate the workplace." Or something similar. But I'd still 
think that "what they thought when they did it" remains an open and 
important question.


Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

        Date: 2021-12-08 16:05:28+00:00
        From: Asger Harlung <>
        Subject: Internet Histories Volume 5, Issue 3-4 is online

The editors of Internet Histories are pleased to announce that
Volume 5, Issue 3-4, September-December 2021 is complete, and available

One article is open access.

Below, please find an overview of contents.

Please also consider submitting an article to the journal, more
information about submission can be found here

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Kind regards on behalf of the Internet Histories editorial team,

Asger Harlung,
Editorial Assistant,
Internet Histories

Internet Histories, Volume 5, Issue 3-4, September-December 2021


Research Articles

Asian internet histories: an introduction
Gerard Goggin, Haiqing Yu & Kwang-Suk Lee

Radical praxis of computing in the PRC: forgotten stories from the
maoist to post-Mao era
Jack Linchuan Qiu & Hongzhe Wang

From RangKoM and JARING to the Internet: visions and practices of
electronic networking in Malaysia, 1983–1996
Hallam Stevens

Between the developmental state and popular nationalism: the pure Hangul
movement in the early history of the Korean internet
Kwang-Suk Lee

Relentless villains or fervent netizens?: The alt-right community in
Korea, Ilbe
Hojeong Lee

Digital cynical romanticism: Japan’s 2channel and the precursors to
online extremist cultures
Brett J. Fujioka & Julia R. DeCook

The mediated and mediatised justice-seeking: Chinese digital vigilantism
from 2006 to 2018
Open Access
Qian Huang

Choking the ‘periphery’: pride and prejudice in India’s globalizing
Internet imaginary
M. Imran Parray

Discursive activism in the age of BBS: revisiting overseas Chinese
protests during the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch relay
Shaohua Guo

From public sphere to magic circle: playful publics on the Chinese
Emilie Xie, Maxwell Foxman & Shuo Xu

The real “poor man’s Arpanet”? A conversation about Unix networks with
Kilnam Chon, godfather of the Asian Internet
Camille Paloque-Bergès

Book Review

The evolution of the Chinese internet: Creative visibility in the
digital public
edited by Shaohua Guo, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2020.
Hardcover, 328 pp., ISBN: 9781503613775, $30


Thanks to reviewers

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