Welcome to wiki supporting Living Through Technology for fall 2013. Thank you for participating in this course and in this noble online experiment.
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In this course we will challenge cultural commonplaces regarding technological determinism and living in a "digital age." Belied by these commonplaces and utopian proclamations of the wonders of social networking, for example, are rather more complex stories of how we understand and live through technology. By interrogating these stories we will consider how, or if, technologies (digital and otherwise) transform our notions of progress, humanity, collective wisdom, meaningful work, creative expression, privacy, anarchy and control. Most importantly, we will address critically your place in the stories of how we do live, and should live, through technology.