When culture is defined by science and technology

“All human cultures have their technological components, but no culture until the twentieth century has been dominated by technology and technological thinking as ours. A techno-culture arises when culture is defined more by science and technology than by religion, social norms, ethics, or the humanities; when face-to-face, concrete relations rooted in the family and neighborhood become electronically and digitally mediated; and when technology, shaped by distinct social and economic relations becomes a driving force of change that overturns all stable traditions so rapidly that it impedes any attempt to control it, understand its nature, and discern its consequences.”

Steven Best, Douglas Kellner, The Postmodern Adventure: Science, Technology, and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium, Guilford Publications, 2001, 215

Via Notes from a technoscape: A conversation with Sajay Samuel

Old Beliefs and New Technologies

Although I disagree with the implicit assumption that industrialization is good for humanity, Annalee Newitz’s article, How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization, makes some interesting points about the effect of agriculture on society, particularly the idea that large societies must eventually abandon the ideal of shared resources: Continue reading