Connected Learning: Getting Beyond Technological Determinism:
This is digital dualism, but it’s also determinism at work. It hears all this enthusiasm about connection as about the social networking platforms themselves – “yay blog!’ or “yay Twitter!” – and not about the connections and actions and forms of identity that those networked environments make possible.
Determinism reduces conversation about social networks to a conversation about platforms and tech, not about people and the ways in which they intersect with those platforms and tech to create new possibilities. It effectively mutes those latter parts of the conversation; refuses them admittance. It insists that a conversation about technologies’ effects is a conversation about the technologies themselves.
Really interesting points about how we converse about technologies and their effects.
Earlier today I posted a few tweets from Dustin Curtis on mainstream technology reviews. A couple tweets from Doug Stewart made me think about one more thing worth jotting down. Last month Matt wrote an essay titled “What’s Next for Apple.” In that he says this… Continue reading →
I disavow the notion that technology should change our lives. Technology should improve our lives in small, meaningful ways. It should nudge, provoke, surprise, inform, and yes, connect on a grand scale. But it should not presume to know too much. Nathan Heleine — Our Digital… Continue reading →
North Korea’s Digital Underground. What journalism looks like in North Korea. Fascinating read about how information slips and moves through the margins.
What Technology Values. The claim that technology is value-neutral overlooks its role as a central component of human society. The reality of technology is that value decisions lie behind every product and it is these values that help form social clusters around technologies.