In the introduction to the reading Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans, I found it very interesting that women had such a large impact on the Internet. Evans focuses on the influence that mathematics plays in the internet and specifically, how women influenced the field. Through patterns and arithmetic problems, the development of what we now call the Digital Age began long before most people think it would. The story of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, caught my eye. Evans writes that not only did she explain the technical workings of the Analytical Engine in her publication but she also “imagined the impact it would have on the world, teasing out the implications of general-purpose computing to anticipate the transformative powers of software” (Evans, pg. 20). She was a woman who not only understood the calculations of machinery, but she could fathom the implications and explore a theoretical concept in depth. Evans emphasized the importance of female contributions and that is not something I see very often in texts. I would love to learn more about these accomplishments.
The second reading from the book, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick. He describes information as a measurable unit and something that is used daily in everyone’s lives. Gleick states “We can see now that information is what our worlds runs on: the blood and fuel, the vital principle” (Gleick, pg. 8). As someone who depends on a digital device to get the through the day, my cellphone, I can see Gleick’s connection, Information and communication forms are an important part of our lives.
For themes and assignments in this class I think it would be interesting to explore more on these two topics. The theme of female contributions to the internet is such an important theme to build upon. I also think that looking into how information impacts our daily lives is another interesting theme. We all grew up in the Digital Age and sometimes we can forget how much the internet influences us.