"Do artifacts have politics?"
Discuss Langdon Winner's question and give some examples.
Iva N. Ivanova
First semester at UiO
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The objective of this paper is to discuss Langdon Winners theory on the politics of technolog
DO ARTIFACTS HAVE POLITICS? [from Winner, L. (1986). The whale and the reactor: a search for limits in an age of high technology. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 19-39.] No idea is more provocative in controversies about technology and society than the notion that technical things have polit
Do artifacts have politics? "Of course not". Such has been for many years the common sense answer: technical objects are as neutral as Aesop's tongue. They simply take the shape given to them. But when the philosopher Langdon Winner raised the question, several decades ago, his answer was a resoundi
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Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of School of Arts and Sciences in partial fulfil
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This week you have learned from political theorist, Langdon Winner that technological artifacts are political. Examples are aircraft, bus overpasses and tomato harvester. You have also learned that political systems influence technological development with globalization impacting global...