As described in “Moore’s Law and Technological Determinism,” what makes attaching Word files to e-mail comparable to a standard railroad gauge? And as profiled in “A Passion for Objects,” how does the author describe digital culture at its heart?

 

In Moore's Law and Technological Determinism, the author would be alluding to one explanation for the importance of technology in that the simple act of attaching word files to an email is but the process of getting information to another. In so doing, we conceptualize reality and we see the world through our coding systems which is words that are the 'power of the form of information.'  Attaching content in the form of a word document is merely a necessary component of technology and is comparable to a standard railroad gauge, which gives the width between two rails; it is, moreover, as necessary as correctly reading a railroad gauge in securing information about getting to one's destination. 

 

Sherry Turkle writes that digital culture has become more about offering consumer products for the marketplace than it is about creating a sense of interest or passion about the object (computer) or the mechanization behind it. As such, students are no longer taught to appreciate the essense of the source of the technology and what "makes it go," nor do they investigate, explore, or experiment with the 'object as play'. Rather, in today's world, students react to the technology, reap its benefits, and completely absorb it. Their sense of the magic or interest in the object is more about 'what is' and how best to use it as compared to contemplating 'what if' in relation to its unique operation, immenseness, or overriding power in every aspect of our society.  


Via John Shank