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ELNM Topic 2: Towards the Information Society

To Do

  • Study Theobald’s question of ‘mind-quake’, find a real-life example and describe it.
  • Pick one of Handy’s paradoxes, find a good real-life illustrative case and describe it.
  • Pick one of Castells’ features of network society and write a short analysis.

Study Theobald’s question of ‘mind-quake’, find a real-life example and describe it.

Maybe I did not understand the task properly but I think the example could be the new technology like iPhone and iPad wich my son is teaching to me. I have to construct new skills, I can’t act like before.

Pick one of Handy’s paradoxes, find a good real-life illustrative case and describe it.

The paradox of time. The application of modern technology means less time is needed to make and do things. People should have more spare time. But time has become a competitive weapon and getting things done quickly is imperative. As a result, many of those who work have less time than ever before.

I have personally leaned that the application of modern technology causes less time than before. Maybe it is because every time I am looking for material to teach I found many interesting things and I want to read these, too. One thing or text or idea leads to another.

Pick one of Castells’ features of network society and write a short analysis.

I picked changes in work and employment.

In the information society we don’t have to work nine to five in a certain room anymore, and do not need to labor regulations. Since we are using computers and the Internet we can do the work at the appropriate time and the appropriate intensity, it is possible to do virtual testing, assumptions, all kinds of challenges to play through. Also, data can be collected and processed in various ways, do not have to go to any place, things can do far, things can be executed remotely.

A source of stress may become web problems, loss of data, work intensity and complexity, the lack of programs can lead to dissatisfaction.

Networking gets people to apply for part-time and telework, can participate in people with mobility disabilitys.

ELNM Topic 1: Ethics in Turbulent Times

To Do

Pick an ethical theory from above and write (to your blog) a short example both for and against its main points (preferrably in the context of new media / IT / information society).

I picked a divine command theory and took for example the Ten Commandments. Religious people follow the Bible and say what there is a recorded is true. They think that is the right to serve only one God, and sanctify Sunday. They are convinced that they must not blaspheming god, kill, steal, commit adultery.

On the one hand it is good and right, because doing so apparently there is no contradiction in the laws: eg if someone does not steal nobody‘s program, he did not break the copyright law.

On the other hand some commandments are preventing: eg if a person celebrates on Sunday and he will rest on Sunday, he can not finish some important work on time.