[Air-L] Seeking a short introduction text on technological determinism vs. SCOT

Nathanael Bassett nbasse2 at uic.edu
Sun Feb 18 07:10:54 PST 2018

Hi Carmel,

I know you said “for undergrads” but I really feel the following pieces are
very accessible and may be helpful with some guidance. Wyatt’s might be the
most apropriate:

   - Dafoe, A. (2015). On Technological Determinism: A Typology, Scope
   Conditions, and a Mechanism. *Science, Technology & Human Values, 40*(6),
   1047–1076. http://doi.org/10.1177/0162243915579283
   - Fuller, M. (2015) The Forbidden Pleasures of Media Determining. In
   Ikoniadou, E., & Wilson, S. (Eds.). *Media After Kittler*. New York:
   Rowman & Littlefield International.
   - Wyatt, S. (2014). Technological Determinism Is Dead; Long Live
   Technological Determinism. In Scharff, R. C., & Dusek, V. (2014).
   Philosophy of Technology. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Nathanael Bassett
PhD Student | Department of Communication
University of Illinois at Chicago
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On February 18, 2018 at 9:02:58 AM, Carmel Vaisman (carmelv at gmail.com)

Dear fellows,

I have been struggling with the task of finding a simple short text for
undergraduates that introduces the approaches of technological determinism
(including utopia and dystopia) versus social construction of technology.
Since the theoretical terrain has since been enriched with actor network
theories and post phenomenology and so forth, it has become very hard to
find a text that doesn't complicate this basic framework which fits a
sophomore introductory level course. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Carmel Vaisman, PhD.
The Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities
The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas
Tel Aviv University
Twitter: @carmelva
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