Friday, 1 February 2013
Utopian v Dystopian #edcmooc #MoocsAndMe
The #edcmooc task for Week 1 is to look at some resources i.e. videos and articles and review whether they represent a Utopian or Dystopian view of technology.
Utopian claims of Information Technology are intrinsically democratizing, neutral as democratizing global forces of information creation and maximize public access. Dystopian claims are that Information Technologies have anti democratic properties, that hardware/software ownership equals anti democratic control etc. etc.
First video - Bendito Machine - the characters treat technology as god like and have no choice but to follow. It has a certain dark, satanic feel to the film but it was mainly a mixture of weirdly funny and negative 'same old same old' sort of feel, fantastical. Dystopian.
Second Video - Inbox - funny in a soppy way. I don't think I would have considered it in a technology way although it was about connecting. It would be great if you could just put an object in a bag and it went immediately. Or a person, teleporting. Utopian
Third video - New Media - dark fantasy? Purpose? No idea. Dystopian.
It is easy to make technology seem evil or dark because you can portray it as exerting control or power but I'm not sure that I buy into this view.
Technological determinism is the view that technology is seen as the only cause of change in society. Reductionism / holistic - I usually consider technology and society from a holistic or mutually beneficial point of view but it was interesting to consider it as less advantageous. It is interesting to think about philosophy and technology - it is a long time since I studied philosophy and then it was religious philosophy. I hadn't thought that I should stand back and think about technology as a philosophical issue or concept so I'm glad that I read this as it has given me some direction to explore further.
One of the other articles suggested for reading is the infamous