Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Here are my questions:

1. Combining two of the readings, how are the concept of boundary workers (Downey) and the vision of an "electronic cottage" incompatible? Obviously the utopian ideals in the Graham and Marvin reading could be considered dated, but what would the implications of living your life completely through technology in your own home be on the boundary workers?

2. The Graham and Marvin reading focuses on the relationship of telocommunications and the urban city. What would the implications of that relationship be on those without the technology? For example, if technological determinism is true, and technology directly affects urban change, then how does the lack of technology affect those in Third World countries?

3. Williams says that "it is never quite true to say that in modern societies, when a social need has been demonstrated, its appropriate technology will be found" (p. 295). Technology doesn't often work in a direct problem/solution format, but if it did, what social needs do you wish that we could develop a technology to fix?

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