Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TECHNOLOGY/SELF/SOCIETY: Towards Some Definitions and Questions

Here are some definitions to get us started. Let's consider them, argue with them, and come up with something better.

is it knowledge? It must be more than that, because it encompasses the tools and practices of applying knowledge. Here is a working definition: technology encompasses "tools and practices deliberately employed as natural (rather than supernatural) means for attaining clearly identifiable ends." (Maurice N. Richter, Technology and Social Complexity, p. 8)

Society: a group of people who share a common culture or civilization, who are organized into social relationships

Self: What does it mean to say "I?" "Me?" The self is the entity--both subject and object--through which we experience the world.

OK, have at it!

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