essay 1 5 pages double space reading reflection
In a recent a Washington Post article â€“ â€œRing and Nest Helped Normalize American Surveillance and Turned Us into a Nation of Voyeursâ€ â€“ journalist Drew Harwell discusses the social consequences of internet-connected door cameras.
Read this article closely and write an essay that responds to the authorâ€™s concerns regarding the social significance of this new technology. In writing your essay, you should consider the following questions:
- What social â€œproblemâ€ are these new technologies designed to â€œsolve,â€ according to the companies that make them?
- How was this â€œproblemâ€ addressed before the introduction of these devices? In other words, how did people live without it?
- How do the people interviewed for the story actually use these technologies? What additional uses do they describe?
- What new â€œaffordancesâ€ does the technology introduce? How does the â€œdesignâ€ of the device affect its use?
- Why is this new technology controversial? What are some examples of the risks?
- Who supports the use of this technology? Why?
- How might this new technology change society and social relationships? How do the concepts of technological determinism and social construction of technology apply to this case?
- What does the development of this technology suggest about the idea of progress? How would we define â€œprogressâ€ in this case?
Your essay should incorporate insights and ideas from of the course readings and discussions to date â€“ specifically, issues related to the concept of technological determinism, the idea of progress, and the social construction of technology.
In writing your paper, you should refer to the following course readings:
- Leo Marx, â€œDoes Improved Technology Mean Progress?,â€ Technology Review (1987): 33-41, 71.
- David E. Nye, “Does Technology Control Us?,” Technology Matters (2007), 17-31.
- Philip Brey, â€œArtifacts as Social Agents,â€ Inside the Politics of Technology (2005), 61-73.
- Ian Hutchby, â€œTechnologies, Texts, and Affordances,â€ Sociology (2001), 441-456.
- Woodrow Hartzog, â€œWhy Design is Everything,â€ Privacyâ€™s Blueprint (2019), 21-55.
Your paper must include specific, appropriate references to at least three of these readings.
When citing specific examples or quotations from these readings, you should use parenthetical references that include the author’s last name and page number(s). For example:
Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, believed that self-reliance allowed one to avoid the trickery and fraud of selling (Friedman, 26-27).
If using the author’s name in the text of your sentence, then cite the page numbers only. For example:
According to Friedman, Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, believed that self-reliance allowed one to avoid the trickery and fraud of selling (26-27).
Your paper should be 1250 words (approximately 5 pages, double-spaced). Papers should be uploaded to Canvas by 11:59 pm on Monday, March 9.
Attention to writing, spelling, grammar, and proper citation constitutes part of your grade. Late papers get a reduced grade of one half (e.g., B becomes B-) for each day beyond the deadline, including the weekend.
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