David Parry

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On The Privacy Class

This semester I have been teaching an upper level Communication and Digital Media class, Privacy and Surviellance in the Digital Era. I have previously taught one of our introduction to the major courses, Communication Ethics, in which we talk about the ways in which digital media impact a range of cultural issues, ...

Protonmail

Of late I have been trying to make significantly more intentional choices about which online digital services I use. These choices always seem to me to be a trade-off between convenience (ease of use), network effect (use the service everyone is using), and cost (free in dollars, expensive in privacy loss). One of the ...

Title II a Win, But I’m Still Worried

The Ruling Last week, after a very long campaign by various interest groups, on both sides of the debate, Tom Wheeler finally announced his proposal for FCC rules governing the internet. What seemed highly unlikely a year ago, now seems highly probable: FCC will use its Title II authority to reclassify the internet, a strong ...

Onion Pi

In my classes I have tried to incorporate more and more experiential, practice based learning. I have found that merely discussing the issues is not nearly as meaningful as a careful discussion of the issues informed by a practical engagement with the topic at hand. One of my favorite classes to teach here at Saint ...

What I Use Now

What I Use Many semesters ago I started writing about my digital tools, recommending some of my favorites, and describing how I used them and why. I did this for a few reasons, on the practical level I found these types of posts by others to be tremendosouly useful to me helping me to find ...

My New Laptop/Device Policy

So I have been thinking a great deal about pedagogy lately, partly because I made the move to a University that focuses on teaching, partly because I am now chair of the department, and partly because I felt that it was just time, that I had a way of doing things and hadn’t spent as ...

Buying a Bunch of Printers

But not that kind of printer . . . . Background I am teaching a course on 3dprinting this semester (you can see the syllabus here if you are interested it is a mix between theory, history of information & communication, and praxis, printing stuff). It has been a difficult class to construct and think ...

Making Digital Counterpublics

This year at the MLA I was part of a panel on Making Digital Counterpublics. Drawing on the idea that Habermas’ public sphere is an as yet unachieved ideal, scholars such as Nancy Fraser and Michael Warner have argued for the need to recognize alternative or parallel publics. Amid discourses regarding the value of the ...