Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Free Delivery to UK Shops
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Free Delivery to UK Shops Local shops and expert booksellers nationwide Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Critical Technology: A Social Theory of Personal Computing (Paperback)
  • Critical Technology: A Social Theory of Personal Computing (Paperback)
zoom

Critical Technology: A Social Theory of Personal Computing (Paperback)

(author)
£36.99
Paperback 151 Pages / Published: 27/04/2018
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Have we resigned ourselves to a cyber-future that has been decided behind our backs? Why is technology - and our understanding of it - central to the concerns of critical social theory? In developing the PC technologists have borrowed ideas from the human sciences about what people are like, about the nature of meaning and the desirability of some experiences over others. Yet, to date, the academic disciplines most concerned with these ideas have offered neither resistance nor debate. In this book, Graeme Kirkpatrick shows why it is crucial that we initiate that debate. Offering a revealing critique of PC design and the social assumptions that underlie it, Kirkpatrick argues that it relies on a particular conception of a capitalistic society that expects its technology to come pre-packaged, mass-marketed and "user-friendly". Anyone who is critical of such a society and its commodification of human achievement should, he suggests, be suspicious. Kirkpatrick argues that the computer is a contested space within which major social conflicts are played out. On the one hand, there is a narrative of flexibility and human empowerment, and on the other a sense of a "system" that controls our lives, leaving us in thrall to the computer corporations, and at constant risk from phishers and hackers. The outcomes of these conflicts are extremely important as they will shape our future experience of technology, society and politics. Critical Technology is a lively, provocative and often radical book, which forces us to reflect on the meaning of an artefact that is central to our daily lives, yet that we too often take for granted.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138600164
Number of pages: 151
Weight: 281 g

You may also be interested in...

Security, Territory, Population
Added to basket
Simone Weil: An Anthology
Added to basket
The Stars Down to Earth
Added to basket
Pierre Bourdieu
Added to basket
Cruel Optimism
Added to basket
£20.99
Paperback
Liquid Love
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
The Blackwell City Reader
Added to basket
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
Reassembling the Social
Added to basket
Caliban And The Witch
Added to basket
Violence
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Social Theory: Ideas in Profile
Added to basket
The Struggle for Recognition
Added to basket
Marx, Durkheim, Weber
Added to basket
The Theory of the Leisure Class
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.