October 1 TUT

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Media, Information and Technoculture
Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B
Graham Reid

October 1, 2012 Progress Questions - How is technological innovation framed as “progress”… - Transformation, revolution, freedom - What are the binaries at play? Remembering civilized/uncivilized - One side of the binary is always favored, rendered “positive” (civilized) – and the other (uncivilized) is unseen, invisible - Progress/non-progress… new/old - Appeals to “humankind” … tech. progress is rendered as a natural fact, “evolution”, and thus applies to humankind writ large... technology is (the only form) of progress Ben Franklin - “That as we enjoy great Advantages from the Inventions of others, we should be glad of an Opportunity to serve others by any Invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously (98)” - “Sharing” – general, collective well-being Gillette - The World Corporation: o “Aims to eliminate industrial ills and, generally speaking, all human strife by first accumulating the whole world’s supply of dividend- paying recurities… and then, according to the account sent out by the press agent to the newspapers yesterday, to redeem all of the company’s stock at par and turn the assets over to the peoples of the world as actual owners, in equal shares” o “Hoarding” – production for profit o Gillette combines both sharing and hoarding Toffler - “As humankind explores this new “electronic frontier” of kn
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