How to Understand Mundane Technology: New Ways of Thinking about Human-Technology Relations

@inproceedings{Michael2006HowTU,
  title={How to Understand Mundane Technology: New Ways of Thinking about Human-Technology Relations},
  author={M. Blane Michael},
  year={2006}
}
In this chapter, I attempt to trace out some of the ways in which recent developments in the study of mundane technology might inform “technological literacy.” As a subject taught in schools, “technology” (often twinned with design) makes certain assumptions about the nature of technology and the humans that engage with it. The design and production of technology is often conceptualized in terms of “fitness for function.” However, the sociology of technology would problematize the very idea of… CONTINUE READING