Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Hi there, I hope you find some information of interest here. This blog is not intended to be a diary, just a way of sharing some information that may be of use in the study of technology. It is also aimed at at those who have a general interest to understanding the bigger picture as it relates to our material [and digital] world.
The impetus for this site is a frustration in a narrow perception of technology that tends to have dominated since information technologies became such a prominent feature of our society. Perhaps worse is that some education thinking appears to focus on that if you can work a computer you are being technological. I am yet to be convinced that this is all there is to it.
Viewing a computer as technology is not the problem, but the fascination for a piece of silicon-based material that is emits an 'on' or an 'off'? Might not this small device be over-emphasized at the expense of time given to serious consideration the other x% of our technological world? For example, what about all the other forms of technological thinking that goes into producing the personal computer, which, when it reaches your desk, certainly embodies more than a microprocessor and other similar gadgets.
SO, There are links already posted regarding holistic technology education (technacy) and from time-to-time there may be some Slide Presentations, essays and papers posted. In the future there will be lists generated of texts that every student of technology ought read that demonstrates technology has been studied in some depth in our current times since at least the mid to late 1800's. And before then, ancient philosophers also considered technological topics.
Papers, essays etc by Jason E Newcombe