Module 2: Introduction to Digital Methods for Disability Studies

Technological Determinism

Technology as ‘neutral’ Soft Determinism Hard Determinism
  • We have complete free will
  • Technology does not control us or force specific outcomes
  • Technology reflects “us” and our needs (social determinism)
  • Guides our progression, but we choose to be guided
  • We can decide what technology is created, even if it influences the shape of life afterwards
  • Society¬†adapts to technological change
  • Directly shapes society/societal interactions
  • No choice/freedom to resist technology
  • Technological advancement¬†most important factor
  • Technology “drives” history


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