Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B Lecture Notes - Technological Determinism, American Exceptionalism, Determinism

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TERM
DEFINITION
EXAMPLES
CONNECTIONS
Culture
- Everything we don’t have to do.
- Technological Culture
- Tenner
Technique
- Using things in a specific way
- We can personalize
- Often tied to IDENTITY
- Phone skins
- Computer Skins
- I’m a PC
- I’m a PC, making humans
the technique
- Use technique to sell
technology
Technology
- Device/Apparatus
(a thing that you use, tangible,
material)
- Structures (some sense of
order, make meaning out of
complexity)
- Systems (organizations)
-
Agency
- Active, an active force that can
create change
- Has needs, limitations
- Twitter has limitations
- 140 characters
- People have adapted to think in
this way
-
Reductionist
Thinking
- Divides human and technology
- Assumes that one drives the
other
- Cultural Determinism
- Technological Determinism
- Social Determinism
- Binary Thinking
- Determinisms
Cultural
Determinism
- Technological is determined by
values, politics, culture
- Technology is dictated by
culture
- Shoe laces (gangs, group
identity)
- Islamic Cultures (use slip on
shoes because they are easier
to take off)
- Reductionist Thinking
- Social Determinism
- Binary thinking; defines
itself against technological
determinism
Technological
Determinism
- Culture is dictated by
technology
- Ignores effects of culture
- Blaming violence on video
games
- Video games are responsible
- People have no free will
- Reductionist Thinking
- Binary thinking; defines
itself against cultural
determinism
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Device/apparatus (a thing that you use, tangible, material) Structures (some sense of order, make meaning out of complexity) I"m a pc, making humans the technique. Active, an active force that can create change. People have adapted to think in this way. Shoe laces (gangs, group values, politics, culture. Islamic cultures (use slip on shoes because they are easier to take off) Binary thinking; defines itself against technological determinism. Binary thinking; defines itself against cultural determinism. Comprise people, things and organizations and these are frozen into some kind of arrangement or agreement. Erases the differences between the artificial and living: gives all parties say, same plane. Technique; both describe regulated bandwidth; pirate radio not allowed. Church; a marriage consists of a the interaction between living and non living systems man and a woman. State; life in prison for murder; red light means stop patterned networks composed of people, machines, animals, texts, money, any material.

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