- “Queer There and Everywhere” – Sarah Prager
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017
Popp Martin Student Union, 340 DE
- Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Thur., 9/28 (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)
UNC Charlotte Center City
- IFest: International Festival (this is quite a good time)
Sat., 10/14 (all day)
Barnhardt Student Activity Center
Plan for the Day
We’ve got a few things to do today, so below is a list:
- Finish up our discussion on Winner
- Barker & Jane, Ch. 5
- Technology and You Essay workshop–must have something to exchange
- Prose Revision Strategies (time permitting)
Langdon Winner’s “Do Artifacts have Politics”
Let’s head back to last week’s page to cover the rest of Winner’s second reading. Consider what Winner’s argument contributes to our discussions on capitalism and globalization and the environment. Barker & Jane’s Ch. 5 is a bigger picture view of politics, technology, and public (mis)understanding of science.
Barker & Jane Ch. 5: A New World Disorder
I believe the chapter title is a play on George H. W. Bush’s often-repeated phrase from the early 1990s that referred to the future of a post-Soviet world: “A new world order.” Although other have used the phrase, its contemporary usage implies a world governance system. As we read in the chapter, much conspiracy theory is devoted to such governance (p. 201-202). Their title supports an argument that world politics is chaotic and difficult to follow. Can we buy our way out of it, though?
The American Economy
- p. 164: Fordism is the system Henry Ford’s assembly line embodies. The assembly line was the efficient system for reducing labor costs and increasing production.
- Frederick W. Taylor is said to be the inspiration for Ford’s system.
- More on Fordism/Taylorism
- Goal of full employment “keep[s] spending power at levels that [meet] the capacity for production.
- mass production requires mass consumption…which first?
- p. 167: “Just-In-Time (JIT) stock management….aimed to ensure that supplies were delivered only when required.
- What American value does JIT embody, reflect, reproduce?
- p. 168: Rise in the number of unskilled workers.
- p. 170: American and Western economies have “a terminal decline in the manual working class, a rise in service and white-collar work, and an increase in part-time and ‘flexible’ labour.”
- p. 173: In a post-industrial society, “information exchange and cultural production are seen to displace heavy industry at the heart of the economy.”
- p. 174-175: economic changes (including benefits) don’t spread evenly to all sectors.
- p. 175: “Technological determinism” means that “changes are explained by prioritizing technology as the motor of change without considering that the development and deployment of technology must be understood within a cultural, social and economic context.”
- p. 175: “technical rationality” and the “glorification of science”
- Both ideologies maintain that technologies and sciences must be pursued and used to maintain a properly functioning society.
- p. 176: “The change in the role of the state is an aspect of the general decline in the salience and class character of politics and political parties.
- pp. 176-177: “workers’ identifications and identities shift from the location in the sphere of production to that of consumption.”
Postmodernization–here’s a discussion of postmodernism
- p. 177: As Baudrillard tells us “objects in consumer societies are no longer purchased for their use value….what is sought after are commodity-signs in the context of society marked by increased commodification.”
- p. 177: “Style is not constrained by formal canons or the mores of social strata but operates within a self-referential world of commodities.”
- What examples can you provide for “the culture of consumption”?
- p. 179: Affluenza is the “‘painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more'” (John de Graaf et. al., 2001: 2)
- p. 179: “Australians were spending $10.5 billion a year on goods and services they never or hardly ever used–an amount which exceeded spending by Australian governments on universities and roads” (Hamilton et. al., 2005: 6)
- p. 180: Wants vs. Needs…
“A Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!”
- p. 182: Not all dot.coms went bust
- p. 184: supplementary work and always being on call
- What technologies contribute to our ability to always be able to work?
- p. 186: “the institutions of modernity…consist of capitalism, industrialism, surveillance, the nation state and military power.”
- p. 187: “Globalization is…constituted by planetary-scale economic activity that is creating an interconnected, if uneven, world economy.”
- p. 188: “all locales are now subject to the influences of distant places”
- p. 191: In South Africa, “English provides the most common shared point of translation.”
- p. 194: “the modern world provides more material goods to us, without offering us significant cultural values….we seem to value quantity over quality.”
Climate change shows up at the end of the chapter, and, as with every topic, depending on our disciplinary framework, we have lots of ways to discuss climate change. Instead of going line by line in the Chapter, I want to ask these questions:
- What are the technologies you associate with climate change?
- What is (are) the rhetoric(s) you associate with climate change?
- Who’s responsible for global warming, anthropocentric climate change?
Next week (9/26), we’ll be discussing Barker and Jane Ch. 6. and Chelsy will be leading class discussion on the Oudshoorn article. We’ll also have a workshop for Technology and You, a reflective essay next week, and you must have something printed out to exchange with a classmate. Please know that you have to have something PRINTED OUT. This essay is due October 3rd.
Finally, do your Canvas prompt before Thursday at 10:00 pm.