Technological Determinism

By: Shelly F.

According to Critical Thinking in Communications Technological Determinism is the tendency for machines and their development to drive economic and cultural change.  My understanding of technological determinism is that machines and their development do not drive economic and cultural change so much as they make it easier for the media to reach its audience more directly.  In this way economic and cultural change can occur much more quickly through improved communication channels.  The Declaration of Independence sent to King George III was signed on July 4th 1776, but it couldn’t have reached him until at least a month later because travel by ship at the time took approximately one to two months depending on the wind and currents.  Now, a photograph uploaded about a riot can reach London as its happening.

The gear photograph is courtesy of http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/215264/view.  The ship photograph is courtesy of http://revolutionarywararchives.org/warships1783.html.  The riot photograph is courtesy of http://dojorat.blogspot.com/2010/05/apocalypse-now.html.

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