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Technology and the Boundaries of Relationships: It's all Geek to Me

Technology and the Boundaries of Relationships: It's all Geek to Me

Technology and the boundaries of relationships: It's all geek to me

It is not the consciousness of men which determines their existence but on the contrary it is their social existence which determines their consciousness. (Karl Marx 1932: 4)

Focus points for note taking when reading this chapter:

  • How does new technology affect relational life?
  • Is new technology essentially about the reorganization of relational life?
  • What boundaries are there around your relationships? How does new technology force you to spill over from one boundaried area to another?
  • Are your relationships portable and as mobile as your phone?
  • What rules govern the ways in which you can use your relationship accessibility in social situations?
  • Is the need to communicate really a need to ...
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