COMM 202 Midterm 1 Notes B

COMM 202 Midterm 1 Notes B - FeaturesofUtopia

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Features of Utopia Fiction- stories to get us to the future, must be feasible/possible Religion & the myth of eternity - create a vision of the future that will last forever, pyr- amids preserve body of pharaoh forever Scientific strategy - making the vision feasible two reasons why: profit and Profit - benefit & profit that makes it worth doing, not only for the individual but for oth- ers as well Intellectual amusement - creating something really cool in the world to benefit the community Craziness - utopian visions are not normal - you must be a little ‘off’ Utopia is a committed desire to attain seemingly impossible goals. Order is good - or progress. To figure our certain attitudes or behaviors that can help progress. Most utopian narratives will take an instrumental view of technology, meaning Technology is a product of humans in the service of humans It may be used for good or ill It is able to be mastered Technology can better our lives by making them more ordered Technology can solve problems, even problems that technology creates. As a result problems are solved by increasing complexity and increasing order Progress is an essentially good thing and progress requires order. (Yahoo to google creating a way to find things on the web) Secrecy enhances freedom and privacy Secrecy is power 3 main points: Progress is good, technology creates progress, and technology creates order. Early adaptors - must have new techie item Waiters - wait till kinks are gone Don’t want it - the resisters Dystonian Narratives - Dystopia Technological Innovation is always resisted - people who don’t want it
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Fear of technology in the workplace - view new tech as a distraction, fax machines and email. Generational gap typically. Kids today and figuring out what is a valid source versus a false source - good a navigating “google’ type info. Fear of replacement - Large fear e.g. notions of robotics. Machines doing things that humans used to do, and better. Ned Ludd and the Luddite movement - example of robotics. Famous during industrial revolution - machine could make rugs and made rugs very affordable and drove artisans out of business. People moved towards factory and modern city began to form. Ludd would go into factories and destroy the mast production technology. Ludd never exis- ted, people who worked on them were resisting them and would destroy them to get rid of them. Technology changes behavior and patterns of behavior - it does things to us that we don’t always like. Changes what is work, family, our time. Tech makes people available all the time. Japanese with texting as example: must text before calling Technology is connected to or evolves into the state, creating a state of "authoritarian information technology" - people with power are able to use info and tech to monitor be-
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COMM 202 Midterm 1 Notes B - FeaturesofUtopia

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