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ERIC Number: EJ1000706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
If It's Neutral, It's Not Technology
Strate, Lance
Educational Technology, v52 n1 p6-9 Jan-Feb 2012
Taking a media ecology perspective, this article argues that technology cannot be neutral, because it is a form of change, and it has an inherent bias based on the properties of its materials and methods. Additionally, the application of a technology is an intrinsic part of the technology itself, as is technique, instructions, software, or "knowhow." Moreover, the bias of technology cannot be reduced to the designer's intent, as innovations always have unanticipated, unwanted, undesirable effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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