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Technocultures intro

Introduction to this unit of study

Chris Chesher

on 2 March 2011

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Unit objectives

Explore key theories of
human-technology relationships
Understand the connections
between technology & culture
Prepare three provocations asking students to respond to the readings
Use text, images, video (up to 3 min)
Prepare a report on how provocations worked
Choose one of the articles in the reader
Find citations in the text & trace their sources in the library and online
Analyse how the author uses these citations
Find where the article/book has been cited by someone since it was published
Influence analysis
Analyse how YouTube appropriates and exploits other media, with reference to McLuhan. As a cultural form, is it closest to cinema, television or home movies? Justify your answer with reference to specific examples.
In ‘A cyborg manifesto’, Haraway identifies a contemporary transition from hierarchical domination to networked informatics of domination. Concentrate on one or two of the examples of this transition in evaluating whether the trends that she identified in the early 1990s have continued, accelerated or changed.
Trace the development of a standard of Internet software (eg web, email, swf, blogger, twitter, rss), following a SCOT analysis. Has this standard found closure?
Analyse how social class relates to information technology, comparing different conceptions of class. Refer to the readings on class and technology. What are the implications if these conceptions for policy and action?
Analyse a case study of a situation where emerging technologies are implicated in changes in the social structuring of space. Refer to the readings on technology and spatiality.
What is a machine? Compare and contrast Guattari’s concept of the machine with conventional dictionary definitions.
Write an essay that analyses how you will write / are writing / have written that essay; with attention to how the technologies you used contribute to your thinking and your writing. (refer to the readings on technology and thought)
8.Informed by Carey’s ‘The Mythos of the electronic revolution’, compare and contrast the political and philosophical discourse around the ‘electronic revolution’ with the current arguments about the ‘digital revolution’.
Online in Blackboard, activities are traced
In class: not only attendance, but participation
Particularly: responses to provocations
1. Introduction
2. What is technoculture?
3. Is the technology the message?
4. Cyborg
5. Social shaping of technology
6. Technology and class
7. Technology and space
8. Actor-network theory
9. Technological assemblages
10. Heidegger and technology
11. Thinking technology
12. Futures of technocultures
Weekly topics
Connect thought and technology:
technologies of intellectual production
Dr Chris Chesher
Digital Cultures Program
Tutor: Cesar Albarran
This week
tutorials begin next week
get a provocation reading in this lecture
buy the UoS Reader
await Blackboard activation
How to do well
Plan reading
Don't plagiarise
Think about thinking
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