I was one of the first students at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program in 1979. I've scanned some of my old course papers for posterity ... and your viewing pleasure. It's interesting (to me, at least) to realize how many ideas persist over time.
Early Daze: the ITP
The Reading (PA) 2-way "interactive" television project for the elderly was a research model and reference point for the ITP during the early days.
Context : The Wayback Machine
In the years before I entered the ITP, I was a community cable TV and video activist, working with advocacy and arts groups in both Manhattan and the Boston area. This was the era of New Media Synthesis.
- Managed one of the first community-operated municipal cable TV channels in the nation
- Staffed one of Manhattan'sfirst local programming studio facilities
- Worked with community advocacy groups around the issues of "sweat equity" and urban homesteading
These experiences informed my studies - and my papers - at the Interactive Telecommunications Program.
For a little context, This was what was happening in the interactive arena around that time: