Technology Revised

5) Technology – New techniques, processes, products, inventions, or innovations that increase the efficiency (with respect to economics) in some area of business, society, or government that have not become widespread or a “norm” within said business, society, or government.

Words should serve a purpose.  Currently the definition of technology is something along the lines of “everything”.  People could argue that everything we use today is some form of technology, from the chairs we sit on to the cars we drive and even to the fire we use for heat.  But how does this definition of technology provide us with anything useful we can use when analyzing the world around us.  We don’t need another word for “everything”.  My definition is much more specific, useable, and relevant.

I chose not to use this concept in my responses to the other two questions because even though it would be easy to work it in, I felt that with its current definition, it does not add anything useful or offer any new or unique insight.  The word simply refers to too great a spectrum of ideas, processes, and innovations.  Would it make sense to talk about fire as a source of heat and cell phones in the same sentence?

Words should facilitate learning, understanding, and the conveyance of information.  There is a reason using a word like “stuff” is not the best way to express ideas.  For example, a research paper titles “The Study of Stuff” does not really help the reader understand what the author is talking about.  If the definition of technology is so broad, then we might as well replace the word with “stuff”.


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…

Will it be blogged?

These are the instructions for your super special, extra, extra last post.  The stakes are high.  Success is worth a third of a letter grade on your final grade.  So, C –>C+; B+ –> A- and so on.

  1. You need to write a post that riffs, reflects, or analyzes the idea that blogging  and social media (also known as the living web, as the read write edit web, as the blogosphere, as cyberspace) are revolutionary.
  2. You will need to find a published argument by someone who makes bold, strong claims about the impact of these technologies and how they are used.
  3. You can agree or disagree.
  4. You can not use the same source publication as someone else.
  5. Published means from a print or digital source.  Digital sources must have a clear author (no wiki) and be demonstrably relevant or well-known.  For example, if it is an essay or long post form a blog, it should be a blog with some authority.  There are ways to ascertain authority.  Learning about them can be part of your learning process.
  6. Hey, a BOOK is a published form also.  (You don’t have to read a whole book, but relevant portions).
  7. You may be creative in the style or format of your post.
  8. You must post this by May 16, noon.  No exceptions.
  9. Posts must be of high quality in terms of style, mechanics, and insights.
  10. I am the final arbiter of earning credit.  No exceptions.

Historical note: “The Revolution Will not be Televised” is a classic hip-hop sung poem by Gil Scott Heron.  Yes!  It is from 1970-71. Watch!

After a long, difficult life, he is back with a new album and tour.

PS: “The revolution will be live..”

The Downside of Technology? Using Social Networks for Announcing Downsizing

In reading Zappos Uses Social Networks for Announcing Downsizing, I thought about the ways in which organizations attempt to communicate with all of their counterparts and what might be the most successful ways of doing this.   With technology advancing as quickly as it is today, there may difficulty in realizing where the line should be drawn between using technology to further organizations and keep them as up to date as possible.  The flow of information is important to most companies but at a certain point, the privacy of both employees and upper management becomes an issue.  In reading  this article I began wondering about this aspect of privacy within organizations. Zappos used Twitter to describe the reasons for the layoffs and how the decisions were arrived at.  Even the staff’s severance packages were described in the email.  While some of this information seems relevant to the entire company, others may argue that this is an infringement of the privacy to those laid off.

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