Part 1: This week and last week we discussed values, politics, race, and gender as they relate to issues concerning technology and society. Based on the information you read describe how you believe that values, politics, race, and gender can be either reinforced or countered by technology. Please be sure to provide sufficient support, evidence, and/or examples for your statements. Remember this post must be a minimum of 250 words in length with at least 3 citations from the course readings.
The Amish see technology as a potential disruption to their simplicity, humility,
and separation and work to make sure that it disrupts their lives as little as possible.
The Amish believe that their society and their technology are inextricably intertwined.
In an effort to maintain and protect their community of believers, therefore,
the Amish require that every technology they use not only conforms to, but reinforces
their tradition, culture, and religion. They achieve these goals through two primary
techniques. First they choose technologies that they believe will best promote the
values they hold most dear—values like humility, equality, and simplicity. Thus they
have rejected the speed, glamour and personal expression of automobiles in favor of
modest, slow, and community-building horse-drawn buggies. Second, they deliberately
choose tools that are different from those used by the outside world. This differentiation
helps them maintain their unique identity, bonds their community, and ensures
that they will continue to be able to accept technology on their own terms. The Amish
view technologies as value-laden tools and use these tools to reinforce their values and
build their community. While many scholars of technology have argued that this is
the case, the Amish employ the idea in order to build the world they want to live in.
When it comes to Race, Gender, Values, and Politics, I believe that Technology can have a two-sided effect. Technology can...