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Department
Media, Information and Technoculture
Course
Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B
Professor
Warren Steele
Semester
Fall

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Extensions 9/10/2012 7:33:00 AM What is the meaning of technology?  Always engaged with technology; sitting in a chair  Systems we engage with everyday are meaningful; political  Tool or piece of technology has no meaning beyond what it was meant to do; no lasting impact at all on ourselves, community, world  Lasting impact (when there is one) is necessary and good; inevitable; one more step in evolutionary process  technology = progress and we must progress.  Technology is fun; makes our lives better; allows us to accomplish daily tasks  TED lectures = humanity walking towards utopia because of machines; assure we achieve our destiny  Turn to TED lectures in order to have ideas confirmed not challenge: faith in technology not misplaced; technology will better us and bring us to a better world  Lack of logic in dreams of future makes them something to be wary of  Time is not the road to utopia  Technology will not bring us to a better world  Technology is never neutral; carries our values; values instilled in us; current values of the current social economic order  Without ever deciding to, people adopt value system that shapes the way they use their technology  Technology is a factor that has to be monitored, debated, criticized if we are to survive it  Technology without responsibility is the end  Technology is ALWAYS about loss  A state of perpetual loss  Signifies the creation of new ways of living with heavy losses  Rapidly losing the older ways of living; still of value; ways we do not mourn, never understanding what we’re losing  Something is always lost when something new comes along  What is being replaced? What are we in the process of losing? (even as
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