His statement ""our societies are increasingly structured around the bipolar opposition of the Net and the Self" (1996, p. 3) still finds relevance, if not more relevance, a decade after he made it, particularly considering his definition of the self as "the multiple practices through which people try to reaffirm identity and meaning in a landscape of rapid change."
This paper will analyze how, in essence, technology can be socially constructed and can determine human action, and as an extension of this, how it is necessary to develop and formulate regulations to address the uniqueness and complexity of this medium.
The epochal periods of the stone, bronze, iron and silicon ages represent the proclivity and accelerating capability of our species at tool making. We use some animals as tools: horses and camels for transportation, dogs for hunting, and oxen or carabaos for cultivation. A first great leap that set us apart from other primates was our ability to create and control fire. Fire disinfects food; fire molds metals and transforms other materials. Like the sun, fire is energy, fire by itself is a tool, and energy is required to make and run other tools. ...Show more