[Air-L] Technology as ideologically neutral?

Barbara Barbosa Neves barbara at bbneves.com
Thu Jul 5 07:47:45 PDT 2012


One more:

*Sally Wyatt (2008)*. *Technological Determinism is Dead*; Long Live
Technological Determinism. The Handbook of Science & Technology Studies,
MIT Press.

Best,

Bárbara Barbosa Neves
Assistant Professor of Sociology
ISCSP, Technical University of Lisbon
Rua Professor Almerindo Lessa,
1300-663 Lisboa
Portugal

www.bbneves.com


On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM, Charles Ess <charles.ess at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear AoIRists,
> I'm trying to gather both accessible and, to some degree, "landmark" or
> foundational literature that can be used to (gently) challenge a view I
> keep
> encountering in certain circles lately - namely, that technology in general
> and the Internet in particular is "ideologically neutral".
>
> Such a view was around in the U.S. in the early days of the Internet - but
> countered in at least two ways; those who took up Social Construction of
> Technology and related theory from ST studies, including discussion of
> "affordances", etc. - and then the very ideological claims (roughly:
> California libertarian technological utopianism) that went from claims such
> as "the internet interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it" to
> claims that the Internet embedded and fostered specially U.S. (neoliberal)
> values of individualism, freedom of expression, and free market capitalism.
>
> For better and for worse, however, my impression is that in our
> communities,
> at least, the recognition that the technologies embed and foster specific
> cultural values and communicative preferences (as I like to put it on the
> basis of the CATaC conferences) has been more or less a given for quite
> some
> time.  Hence, having to re-visit and re-establish these understandings for
> those for whom this recognition is apparently quite new is a bit of a
> challenge.
>
> Any suggestions for literature, etc., would be most appreciated.
>
> Many thanks in advance,
> - charles ess
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