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


Department
Media, Information and Technoculture
Course Code
MIT 2500A/B
Professor
John Reed

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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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