Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet H. Murray

“The birth of a new medium of communication is both exhilarating and frightening. Any industrial technology that dramatically extends our capabilities also makes us uneasy by challenging our concept of humanity itself” (Murray 1). It’s interesting exploring the minds of the different people of the world, especially those people who are beyond the intelligence level that us people are used to. Janet H. Murray writes in her book, Hamlet on the Holodeck, about her life, and experiences throughout her life with computers from her at a young age, to her adult life. Murray has found herself in the depths of the computer, where she learns about herself, and about the world and the people in it. She has committed her life to learning new things, and finds anything out of the ordinary exciting because it is something that she can explore and figure out.

From reading the introduction of the novel, I have found myself thinking of how intelligent this author is. She went to Harvard, is a teacher, and also seems to be a computer genius. She seems “down to earth,” and also seems very interested in helping others, especially kids with learning the new technologies that come out every year. Even though her students are in a world of technology, where books are now put on the Internet, on Kindles, and Nooks, etc., she states, “I am not among those who are eager for the death of the book, as I hope the present volume demonstrates…The computer is the enemy of the book” (Murray 8). She wants to make “the dumb machines sing”(Murray 9), but yet she still wants to have the two different medias of books and computers.

All in all, Janet H. Murray is a very knowledgable writer and computer expert who knows what she is talking about. Murray’s novel, Hamlet on the Holodeck seems very intriguing, and I am very excited to start reading it. Computers are one of my favorite things in life, and I am hoping to learn more about how our culture, and how society is going to change from the different ways our books and novels are going to be set to a new media, the computer.



Writing 502 <3

With the semester starting this Fall of 2012, one of my classes is Writing 502; this course teaches one how to communicate writing through the Internet by blogging and the such. When I first walked into the class, I was very hestitant about what was going to be required, as in different materials we needed, and the different ways of learning new software. Once I sat down, and heard what the course was about with learning new software, I became very excited with the different projects, the new ways of learning how to blog on the Internet, and how to begin this new blogging Website, WordPress! After overcoming my intimidation to this course, I am ready for the challenges that are coming my way, and I am ready to learn how to use these different softwares for me to incorporate new technologies for this course of Writing 502. Even though I am not familiar with the new softwares just yet, I think I will be able to learn these new websites and softwares quickly because of my excitement of wanting to excel, and get an A within the class. The syllabus seems fine to me, and I am aiming to excel at the challenges, and the obstacles that are going to come my way when writing these blogs such as,  learning how to attach new videos, and other media to my WordPress website. I am truly thrilled to learn the new teachnologies that will be coming my way this semester, and as a Senior at Winthrop University, I am ready to learn how to become a highly knowledgable Technical Writer for when I hopefully graduate in the Spring Semester, which will be this coming May.

All in all, I am ready, thrilled, and excited to learn how to blog, learn the new technologies, the new softwares, and to gain more knowledge from this course. I am hoping that this semester is going to become very interesting with my new website on WordPress.com, and I am ready for the adverntures that will come my way through my college career and journey this Fall semester of 2012.

Love always, Molly         

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