Posts Tagged ‘Weller’

Technological vs social determinism

Weller seems to support the argument that the technological features of the internet are reflected in the social features, i.e. since the internet was created as a tool for communication, social networks or ‘communities of practice’ reflect its original purpose.

Technological change is inevitable and affects every area of society (political, economic and aesthetic) and the average person does not have much say in this. On the other hand, the way particular tools develop depends on how they are used, so user generated content e.g. ‘mashups’, which is what most Web 2.0 tools are, could be an example of us shaping the technology. Both technological and social determinism have their validity but I feel (as I sit here in the early hours, peering at my keyboard) that our behaviour is shaped by technology rather than us shaping it.