Lecture 5.docx - Lecture 5 Andrew Feenberg 4 Paradoxes Implies that we have a limited idea of technology We treat them as if they are just objects in

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Lecture 5: Andrew Feenberg - 4 Paradoxes Implies that we have a limited idea of technology We treat them as if they are just objects in the world and we don't think of them as technology unless they fail (quasi-natural objects) Decisions about how technology is designed (for example: table with elbow room) 1. The parts and the whole 1. "do birds have wings because they fly or do they fly because they have wings?" 1. Birds appear to be equipped with wings (an add-on) 2. But flying is not just something birds do; it is their very being 3. Speech is not a tool humans use; it is what (or one thing) that makes us human 4. Instead of thinking of biology and technology as parts, we need to think of both holistically 5. Parts may be separated but then neither they nor the machine work as intended 6. We think of technology as 1. Ahistorical 1. Operates outside any historical time period 2. They exist in certain time frames 2. Acultural 1. Technologies can be moved from one culture to another (if it works here it works there) 3. Universal 1. Universal applicability anywhere around the world 7. We can also separate technologies 1. Sewage systems 1. There is no point in having a sewage system if it is just
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