Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Kerouac and Burroughs on Instructional Technology
I was surprised to find Beat Generation authors Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs expressing a view on instructional technology for delivering open university courses in 1945. This is in Chapter 7 of their early, and not very good, semi-autobiographical novel: "And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks". One of the characters expresses the view that recordings of university lectures will be broadcast by radio 24 hours a day, allowing access for anyone. The narrator of the story expresses skepticism over this idea.