The Mediation is the Message: Rationality and Agency in the Critical Theory of Technology

  title={The Mediation is the Message: Rationality and Agency in the Critical Theory of Technology},
  author={Andrew Feenberg},
  journal={Techn{\'e}: Research in Philosophy and Technology},
  • A. Feenberg
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Art
  • Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology
ion certainly has consequences—it makes modern technology possible—but it does not actually eliminate the social. Recall the example of the sidewalk ramp discussed earlier. The ramp’s causal properties are describable on purely technical terms in a specification, but that specification is not purely technical; it represents the rights of the disabled technically. That is its significance in the lifeworld. Social criticism must address the design and configuration of technical systems. The… 

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