Digital Journal

Feenberg (2010). Critical Theory of Technology.

“The computer simplifies a full blown person into a ‘user’ in order to incorporate him or her into the network. Users are decontextualized in the sense that they are stripped of body and community in front of the terminal and positioned as detached technical subjects. At the same time, a highly simplified world is disclosed to the user which is open to the initiatives of rational consumers.” (p 9)

Wajcman (2008). Life in the fast lane? Towards a sociology of technology and time.

“The first and most measurable form of acceleration is the speeding up of transport, communication and production that can be defined as technological acceleration. The second is the acceleration of social change, meaning that the rate of societal change is itself accelerating. The central idea here is that institutional stability (in the realms of the family and occupations, for example) is generally on the decline in late-modern societies.” (p 62)

McLuhan (2003). Living at the Speed of Light (1974).


“… the problems of living in an acoustic world which is, in effect, a world of simultaneous information. The visual world has very peculiar properties, and the acoustic world has quite different properties. … The acoustic world, which is the electric world of simultaneity, has no continuity, no homogeneity, no connections, and no stasis.” (p 226)