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ERIC Number: EJ847322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Heidegger, Digital Technology, and Postmodern Education: From Being in Cyberspace to Meeting on MySpace
Walters, Patrick; Kop, Rita
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v29 n4 p278-286 2009
Digital technology is transforming life and is beginning to have a profound effect on individual psychic life and the wider social milieu. This article seeks to understand the nature of the new technology and its implications for personal life, culture, and education. The scene is set by comparing the introduction of printing to the revolution inaugurated by digital technology. This new age is often called "postmodern," and some of the characteristics of the age suggested by Lyotard, Baudrillard, McLuhan, and others are identified. The cultural impact of technology, according to Heidegger, is outlined, together with the interpretation in terms of digital technology proposed by Dreyfus and Spinosa. This is illustrated with examples and compared with the position of other thinkers. Finally, the consequences for education, including universities, are presented, and some proposals for approaches to education in terms of meaning, embodiment, and teacher-student relationship are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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