Technoculture: From Alphabet to Cybersex

Technoculture: From Alphabet to Cybersex

Technoculture: From Alphabet to Cybersex

Technoculture: From Alphabet to Cybersex

Synopsis

"An introduction to the complex issues surrounding technology, communication, culture and society."

Excerpt

Technology has a central role in all human culture and society. Whether the domestication of fire or the depictions of complex hunting rituals that adorn the caves at Lascaux, France, the beginnings of significant technologies tend to be mythologised. This is as true of the light bulb and the computer as it is of the Trojan horse of the ancient Greeks. the mythologising of technology means that we tell stories about how technologies started and the people who invented them. Such myths may have a foundation in fact, but their role is to celebrate these developments as important in our lives. They are created and sustained within our popular culture.

You will be aware of the story of Archimedes in the bathtub shouting ‘Eureka!’—he had realised that a mass, immersed in water, displaces its own volume. in other words, he got into a full bath of water and it overflowed … Eureka! Archimedes suddenly understood that if he collected the water that overflowed his bath, he would be able to measure the precise volume of his body, even though it was irregular in shape. Similar tales are told of Thomas Edison and his work to perfect a filament for the electric light bulb. Edison's scientific method was one of ‘trial and error’. He tried hundreds of potential filaments before he eventually found the right materials to deliver the properties he knew he needed. the specifications of the ideal filament, however, had been worked out long before the trial and error began, and that (intuitive and) deductive process will be discussed shortly. It is the Eureka moment that . . .

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