Ten Paradoxs Of Technology

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Neil Postman, "Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change" (speech) Summary Postman warns us about the key issues we have to consider when embracing or using technology, he summarised this using five points. These issues are trade-offs, unnatural nature of technology, the connection with radical change in the society, our basic ideas and the distribution of technological cost and gains. What he reveals is that technology has its advantages and downsides, which must be taken into account. Analysis On trade-off technology come with give and takes or advantages and disadvantages, for instance technology makes communication much simpler juts by a click of a button yet it also affects social interaction. He also argues that it is not…show more content…
For instance, education and innovation. Andrew Feenberg, "Ten Paradoxes of Technology" (paper) Analysis Feenberg rejects the idea that technology is obvious and hence puts forward that it largely paradoxical. He puts out a number of paradox when analysing technology to create a clear picture. Analysis One of the paradox he talks about is that of the part and the whole, simply put in able to understand one piece of technology it is desirable to look at a whole. For instance, looking at Facebook and twitter, or Gmail and Yahoo. In order to understand any piece of technology it is better to look at the whole thing as a whole. A good example is Samsung vs. Apple, to be able to benchmark and understand which devoices are good one will have to analyse another piece of technology. Another paradox he analyses is that of origin. This is the forgotten history behind a piece of technology. The original idea behind it doesn’t really matter, it is used for among other things advertising which wasn’t part of the original idea behind…show more content…
By dependence and overuse of technology, originality has been lost as we depend on search engines to do everything. Similarly, Feenberg argues that advancement of technology affects originality as we have a tendency of forgetting the history behind technology. Turtle and Postman seem to be bringing out the same these when they talk about privacy and identity challenge and the fact that technology is not natural. They both allude to the fact that technology must be used wisely, in terms of identity social media has affected how we related to other and also identity. Postman would agree on this since he cautions that technology is not natural and must be used in a good way. Reflection Technology has affected almost all areas of human life. Food processing, communication, friendship, business, education, etc., are among the areas which are technology reliance. With such progress, there is still key issues to be considered such as digital divide and imaginary cosmopolitanism as revealed by Zuckerman. In as much as technology allows multitasking and easy education access, it has also affected the quality of friendships (Facebook) and caused addiction
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