Wednesday, November 1, 2006

On the cultural politics of technology

"[C]ultural competence to produce visions and to communicate between different actors is no guarantee that new technological solutions will emerge. To talk about the cultural politics of technology is not a path to a more efficient technology policy, but it is not a strategy to deconstruct such policies either. The idea of a cultural politics of technology is basically a methodological vision of a way to explore the relationship between culture, politics, and technology that emphasizes the cultural work that has to be performed in the conception, development, and implementation of new technologies as well as in efforts to do business when engaged in the production of providing technological visions."

Knut H. Sørensen. 2004. Cultural Politics of Technology: Combining Critical and Constructive Interventions? Science, Technology, & Human Values 29(2):184-190.


Blogger Mark said...

ARggh! It is insane. $15 for this 6 page article. These walled off journals are ridiculous.

Anonymous anne said...

I don't know what it's like where you are, but here anyone can become a "community borrower" at the local university library, which gives them access to academic journals... And I know it's no consolation, but newspaper and magazine reprints also tend to cost around that much, so it's not just an issue with "walled off journals". In any case, you can always ask your favourite friendly academic to score you a copy!

Blogger Rob said...

Here in Brazil, the Mniistry of Education has subscribed and all the State universities are considered subsidiaries of the Ministry, so they all have access. Heck of a lot cheaper than the Canadian approach where every university, or sometimes a regional consortium of university libraries, has a different access profile.

It strikes me that academic knowledge dynamics have become ossified. If publishers were once facilitators, and often amateurs or based in societies of researchers, commercial publishers profit margins have become heavy, parasitical levies which information flows are bound to find ways around.

Anonymous Martin said...

Great topic. I was just getting ready to begin finding some tools to do the very same tasks.

The hard part after collecting the data is deciding what's actionable and how.


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