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Technological mediation: The implications of technology on the human experience
by Oliva, Daniela Andrea, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 110; 1521598
Abstract (Summary)

Technology intervenes in nearly every aspect of life. A multitude of technologies and related fields from virtual reality to bio-genetics are fading the distinction between technology and biology, a phenomenon met with reservation and exuberance. Given the extent of technological mediation today and the promise of its future intensification, humanity is confronted with many unanswered questions. What constitutes life and how is it defined? What would it mean for humanity if technology continues to become more humanized, and evolves to become self-aware? I canvass the work of authors Herbert Marcuse, Jean Baudrillard, Donna Haraway, and Kevin Kelly among others to provide proper scope and a continuum of thought in regards to the implications of technology on the human condition. I propose that it is appropriate to view technology as a pharmakon. Technology is enhancing and dehumanizing, a contradiction that cannot be resolved. Instead, it is something humanity must endure.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Caputi, Mary
Commitee: Whitehead, Jason, Wright, Teresa
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Metaphysics, Philosophy, Political science
Publication Number: 1521598
ISBN: 978-1-267-79027-9
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