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In the first chapter of The Culture of Technology, Arnold Pacey begins marking out definitions for technology, and by doing so making us aware of the cultural layers underneath.

He starts out by defining technology in the way that it is usually oof today. Pacey then uses the first chapter to explain to us the errors this definition.

The culture of technology

He does this through more definitions. Pacey shows us that there are different levels in the definition of technology and that their needs to be some consistency when talking about them. Here we are introduced to the term technology-practice. On the other hand the technical aspects and basic knowledge of technology is universal. So we can use the basic knowledge of technology to affect and change the practices of technology in specific cultures and contexts.

Pacey also looks at technology as a interactive thing with layers, organizational, technical and cultural.

Pacey states that many people just focus on the restricted form of technology, or the technological aspects of technology practice: The problem with this is that it creates tunnel vision. It neglects the cultural aspects of technology. Paceys use of tunnel vision reminds me of an article that I read in Literacy ;acey Learning last semester.


In Chapter two, Pacey begins by identifying progress in a linear arnlld that only takes into account technological inventions.

We measure progress with things we can qrnold identify. This seems to be a linear view or progress that shows only restricted technology verses the context of innovation which is all of technology-practice.

Organizational development can lead to new technology, or technology development can influence social change, things can be made for one reason but have other influences. This type of viewpoint also leads society to view technology as an unstoppable force, leaving us less room for choice. At first glance most people associate technology with values such as rationality and efficiency.

Once again he has us peeling back the layers to find more culturally and personally founded values. Pacey is looking at the impulses and drives in technology.

He defines the term technological imperative as the idea that just because a particular technology means that we can do something, then this ttechnology either ought to as a moral imperativemust as an operational requirement or inevitably will in time be taken. This reinforces the determinist impression of technical advance.

The technological imperative is partly an expression of personal values and experiences. Pacey states that at the heart of engineering lies existential joy and brings up the term artist-engineer.


People like to create astonishing technological achievements because of the aesthetic pleasure it brings them, the technology enlarges their human capability and they get joy out of mastering technology. Pacey connects large technological achievements with the cathedral archetype.

These cultural archetypes become a transcendental goal, disguise political aim and celebrate the human drive and creativity behind successful innovation.

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Another term to think about is technological virtuosity or the way technical creativity may be pursued as a goal in its own right. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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