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Jennifer Daryl Slack & J. Macgregor Wise

In: Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

Chapter 28: Cultural Studies and Technology

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Cultural Studies and Technology
Cultural studies and technology
Jennifer Daryl SlackJ. Macgregor Wise

Relating technology to culture – an admirable, if elusive, pursuit – has a long and rich history. For decades, at least, scholars and policy-makers have argued against approaches to technology that posit it as a mere technical tool and for approaches that acknowledge technology in relation to culture – ‘in context’ as it is often put. The difficulty is of course that the relationship between culture and technology is every bit as much a theoretical problem as it is a task of description, and technological practitioners are often unaware of the work performed by their own theoretical assumptions.1 A particularly pervasive tendency when discussing new technologies (including new communication and information technologies such ...

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