Class Notes on Technology & Society
1 p.m. Section
What sort of society/world/age do we live in?
Postman—information overload, data mining—Supercrunchers
Coyne—being part of a tribe (technoromanticism)—unity vs.
fragmentatioin; tribe as a natural state
Does technology save time and effort
1 ½ acres of land; what are the alternatives
Capitalism—saving money; efficiency; time saver; financial incentives
Actually technology creates new or different tasks for us (Radder tech.
should be reliable and stable—over time or our concept of reliable changes)
Are we hyper technology users?
What is the role of technology in this society/world/age?
Haas says the materialist nature for evoking language shapes that language
-what dangers does technology pose?
Surveillance—we’re protected by the volume
Eric Brende—back to nature goal; live without technology
Critics of technology—natural living; what is his belief about technology;
what is a necessity? Do we need to be privileged to get away from
Trendy to be away from technology
Stoll—surrogate for experience
-what promises does technology hold?
We are able to communicate with people we could not before
Creating new opportunities for people to communicate in ways they couldn’t
before (especially socially—so shy people/disabled/different can reinvent
How does technology impact our ways of thinking?
How should educators respond to technology?
Describe your group’s framework for understanding technology.
technological determinism—in this view, technology is the driving force of
society/of human kind
recursive/reflexive—writing process—begin to write, that alters your
thoughts, which causes a change in what you are writing (Sondra Perl;
Flower and Hayes)
symptomatic/neutral technology—technologies are neutral and then social
forces act upon them (Haas—technology seen as invisible)
examine the material implications of technology—pay attention to
technology (Selfe)—we can’t pretend that technology has no impact on
language and communication
salaries haven’t changed for faculty
maintaining a capitalist focus