Final Paper

Foucault’s conception of the Panopticon can be very useful in trying to understand our current political universe through his description of the panopticon as a metaphor for discipline through social control. In his chapter, “Panopticism” he goes into the way in which our society is disciplined through mechanisms that control the members in it. The …

Mini Project 3

Technological advancements will continue to grow faster than we have the moral capacity to deal with them. This does not mean we shouldn’t consider the potential consequences of technologies that may be a reality in the future. The question of technological manipulation of genetics is a very controversial topic. It is hard to have a …

Blog Post 5

The fifth prompt for blog post 5 lays out the dilemma the world faces under capitalism in the 21st century that Marcuse discusses in 1964. The system that inhibits technological advancement produces possibilities to solve non-technological problems. However, the conditions that are linked with technological advancement do not allow for these non-technological problems to be …

Blog Post 3: Foucault

As technology has advanced in the last few centuries, so has the extent to which we are under surveillance whether we are aware of it or not. Foucault suggests that we have entered into an era of a disciplinary society from around the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Exemplified by the invention of the panopticon, is …

Mini Project 1

Heidegger gives many perplexing statements in The Question Concerning Technology, that require some time to fully unpack. One puzzling statement that I believe is highly important to understand is where Heidegger says that the standard definition of technology is correct, but is not true (Heidegger, 6). The standard definition he is referring to is the …

Blog Post #2: Technology Continued

For this post I want to expand on a comment I posted in reply to a classmates blog last week. I thought Charles’ post was very interesting in the way he expressed the ambiguity and sometimes confusing aspect of pursuing a definition of technology. In my comment I discussed the connection between technology and progress …

Blog Post #1: What is technology?

For my first blog post for this course I think it is fitting and important to discuss the question, “What is technology? And why should anyone care how it is defined?”. After discussing the readings from both Dusek and Heidegger, I believe I have a better understanding of this complex question. Dusek talks about three …

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