Computing as a liberal art

I would love to teach the psychology of cyberspace in such a course tomorrow!
Great essay!

Ian Bogost – Computing as a Liberal Art:

But what we really need is a new strategy. A wholesale shift in the way we think about computing (among other disciplines) that would underwrite a new way to do it let alone teach it. I think the frame shift we want is one that considers computing a liberal art rather than a science. Indeed, James Duderstadt has already suggested [PDF] that engineering be newly construed as a liberal art (I’ve written about this before). And Lockhart’s gripes about mathematics should remind us that his discipline was long considered to form half of the medieval quadrivium, a fact that some institutions have not yet forgotten (consider, for example, the contextual and historical mathematics program at St. John’s College).

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