Franklin (2004). Coda (The Real World Of Technology).

Franklin, U. M. (2004). Coda (The Real World Of Technology). In The Real World Of Technology (Revised edition). Toronto: House of Anansi Press.

“Justice and peace, reciprocity and community matter as much as (or more than) ever and so does the language of our discourse about the real world of technology.” (p 176)

“One precondition for pressing for systemic changes is an understanding of the ongoing dynamics of technology and power. … For instance, over the unending din of economic rhetoric, we need to speak of what happens to people.” (p 177)

“We may not know precisely how much asynchronicity a person can tolerate before being socially and morally dislocated. We may not know all about the factors that stabilize or destabilize communities, although we know a fair amount: poverty and lack of meaningful work destroys, as does lack of respect, friendship, and reciprocal commitments. As I see it, asynchronous practices can both help and destroy meaning and connectedness. The crucial difference is whether the asynchronous processes supplement the synchronous practices or are a substitute for them.” (p 178)

“Societies are organisms that evolve through and with their members; they are not mechanisms to be assembled and disassembled at will. Yet the potential of doing just that exists to date on a global scale because of the characteristics of asynchronistic technologies.” (p 179)

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