Around the turn of the century, I became interested in the potential of the Internet as a teaching medium and devised an undergraduate academic module for my students at Middlesex University. This would exist wholly online with virtual lectures, email lists and so on. I chose a convenient subject – the evolution and influence of audio technology – that was of direct relevance to my (then) current practice. I did the research and from this developed a series of online “lectures”.
These are what you will find here: no longer online and (sadly) stripped of their illustrations for copyright reasons. The original online system no loger exists: we concluded that no presently available electronic forms could hold a candle to traditional lectures and seminars. In short, we dumped it because the virtual was demonstrably inferior to the actual: my students voted with their feet and I followed close behind.
Ironically, this coincided with the bursting of the Dotcom Bubble wherein many other enthusiasts discovered the hard way that cyberspace held some answers but clearly was far from being a universal panacea: that, as we now know, came later. The argument had been lost but the content that my researches had elicited remained useful so I’ve taken this opportunity to re-present it here as a series of individual files, each of which represents one of the virtual lectures.
The “lectures” are in a very condensed and information-intense form: they would have acted as my speaking notes in the real world so contain little argument or reflection but are mainly factual (you’ll have to work out the arguments for yourself). They are presented “as is” and have not been reviewed or edited. In consequence, the timeline stops well short of the present day and I would ask readers to please take into consideration the time in which this work was written: the wisdom of hindsight is a wonderful thing!
Subject to acknowledgement of authorship, they may be used freely for academic purposes only. Copright remains mine so, if you wish to republish them wholly or in part, please contact me first.
They are in .pdf format for which you’ll need Adobe Acrobat or equivalent.