Daniel SanGiacomo

aka Daniel Aktas

Daniel Aktas Reading Response 01

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I loved this reading! This specific passage stood out to me about the power of naming something. In the text Kevin Kelly talks about the advent of naming ‘technology’ and giving everyone the power to recognize technology (instead of creations that existed as a collection of random inventions and good ideas) and then begin critique it.

The power of naming something before it can be named called me back to the story of Odysseus in Homer where he blinds Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant. When Polyphemus calls out to his attacker and demands his name, Odysseus responds that his name is ‘nobody’. Polyphemus calls out “Nobody has blinded me!”, “I will kill Nobody”, and “Nobody is here!”. The giant’s relatives disregard his exclamations because nobody has acted against Polyphemus. To me, the implication here is that naming something is a power in itself. Without a name to call something, nobody can listen.

The power of naming.

I. A bill has been put on the floor that will create 50 LGM-118 intercontinental ballistic missiles. An LGM-118 missile has successfully completed its first test launch. The LGM-118 missiles will now be put into service.

II. A bill has been put on the floor that will create Peacekeepers. A Peacekeeper has successfully completed its first test launch. The Peacekeepers will now be put into service.

In real life, this weapon was referred to as the LGM-118 Peacekeeper and I think it is worth considering the effect the naming of this ballistic missile had on recognition and critique.

I think this leads to the problem that we are facing today, the face of Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer.

“That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.” – Sean Spicer

“There’s one (study) that came out of Pew in 2008 that showed 14 percent of people who voted were noncitizens.” – Sean Spicer

“Here’s the fact: The No. 1 source of income into Mexico are Mexicans working here and sending the money back.” – Kellyanne Conway

These are three examples of lies that we don’t accept, names of ideas that were so off that it made headlines and we can reject them. I see it as our job as Artists and Educators to call out these lies and these false names each and every time it happens. I refuse to allow either of these people to place an uncertainty on facts.

450,000 people showed up to Trump’s inauguration. 1.8 million people showed up for Obama’s first inauguration. – http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/24/14354036/crowds-presidential-inaugurations-trump-average

A voter roll (electoral roll) is a record keeping list of people registered to vote and not a tally of people who have voted. – http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/jan/25/sean-spicer/sean-spicer-wrongly-uses-pew-study-bolster-claim-n/

The biggest income of Mexico are from exporting Cars and Electronics. – http://www.worldstopexports.com/mexicos-top-exports/

Reading Response Week 01

Read Kevin Kelly What Technology Wants (Intro & Conclusion).


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