Technology Determinism = A theory that society’s technology drives the development of its social structure and cultural values (technology determines who we are)
Two theories derived from technology determinism
Technology utopia = the perfect society (the more technology is increased, the better things are)
Technology dystopia = unpleasant society, typically a totalitarian or one ruling party (the more technology we have, the less clever we become.
Both concepts give too much to power to technology and not enough to other factors
How can we really be ourselves if technology has so much influence on us?
Technology creates social identity
Code switching = switching from one state of being (persona) to another
Code meshing = bringing all states together
We can be who we want to be and technology can either help us to advance ourselves or hold us back
Take away = things are created because we have a need and as new things are created the need for more increase. It’s what we do with the technology that matters.
Telos – (n): a predetermined endpoint.
Future things to be discussed:
How much impact does technology have on the economy?
Ideology – The idea of capitalism
Page 13: 1.2 The characteristics of new media
Quantified self – conceptual idea
Digital – data in the form of numerical digits/values of physical quantity
Analog – Involves a transfer of things
Algorithms – they structure the way information is given and are affected by setup and history of choices
Page 21 (3 questions)
Study page 23 (4th paragraph)
Try to think about how these possibilities affect us.
Class on Tuesday at 2 pm.