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Schedule What is Technology? Why study Technology? (i)It is invisible (ii)It is part of society (iii)It is part of power relations What is Power? (i)Coercive power (ii)Persuasive power Sources of Power: Symbolic and Material Power Politics
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What is Technology? Technology is a broad term dealing with the development of tools produced to satisfy a socially constructed need, the use of those tools by humans and the effects of those tools in society.
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What is Technology? Art The development of tools requires a degree of abstract thinking and creativity not found in most animals. A dog sees a big rock and avoids it while fetching a balI. Humans look at a big rock and see many things: a weapon of war to crush skulls, a building block for something that will shelter them from rain Material we might carve into a sculpture to decorate our homes or to express how we are feeling.
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Why study technology? It is ‘invisible’ Technology appears as the natural, the norm, the always-already. We are rarely asked to think analytically about technology and ask questions about individual and collective impact in society. Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian philosopher who coined the notion of the global village’, wrote: “We risk a peculiar form of self-hypnosis, a syndrome whereby people remain as unaware of the psychic and social effects of their technologies as a fish of the water it swims in.” “Precisely at the point where a technological and media- induced environment becomes all pervasive and changes our sensory balance, it becomes invisible”
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What Study Technology? It is Part of “Society” Technology is an integral part of our society Society is more than one individual. Societies are characterized by numerous patterns of relationships
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