This week’s second reading was about if technology controls
us. In this chapter of the book Technology Matters the writer focuses
mainly about the history of technology and if it is deterministic or not. The
author gives examples of both theorists who oppose and support technological determinism.

In this chapter, the author focuses on giving many examples such as the Japanese,
the Amish and the Mennonites who refused to allow any technological advancement
to enter within their community. This argues the idea that humans can’t control
their self-conscious technological decisions. Technology also seemed “inevitable”
to some. People could not resist the temptation of having advanced technology. According
to some examples, technology always forces change. That change is impossible to
stop or prevent. The author opposes another point that argues that technology
is a form of a natural force. The author strongly makes it clear that that’s not
the case. technology was never a naturally driven force nor will it ever be. The
chapter also mentions that rather than assuming that technologies are somewhat
deterministic, its more factual to argue that the cultural decisions are what
shape their use. In addition, the author points out that not until recently
that many began to argue that technology is uncontrollable and getting out of
hand. The chapter continues with more and more stronger examples and arguments
that come with the misconception of technological determinism.

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The most interesting concept I have found in this reading
was that the author gave various examples from different theorists or socialists
from different time periods as well. That gave me a clearer context on how
other people view technological determinism, from the Japanese who deserted guns
for cultural reasons to Karl Marx’s argument around capitalism and technology. The
chapter offers a great variety of historical examples on technological determinism
and how theorists interpret the use of technology through social and cultural
choices. I strongly agree with the notion that technology isn’t a form of a
natural force. Technology cannot force itself to exist within a community, it
is us who choose whether we allow or resist this technological determinism
function in our society. The concept that technological systems are
deterministic continues to stay apparent, although some observers saw that
technology was the main stimulator towards change for their society in the
future.  The reading gave a detailed explanation
on the history of the theory of technological determinism and provided several
views from different recognizable theorists. To conclude, technological
determinism was a theory brought up and argued yet it is till this day a
misunderstood concept about the relationship between human connections with
technologies in the past.