There, yet not there : human relationships with technology

Lloyd, Margaret M. (2010) There, yet not there : human relationships with technology. Journal of Learning Design, 3(2), pp. 1-13.

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There is a “reality” to being online which we know to be false. We are simultaneously “there” but “not there” as we talk, work and play with others in online spaces. We move between physical and virtual spaces in ways that realise the predictions made for computers in the mid-20th Century and enact scenarios from science fiction. We are left wondering if our thoughts - through our disembodied selves - have become a “second self” or if we have become part of the machine itself. Information and communication technology (ICT) have brought differing human and technological agencies to all aspects of contemporary life including teaching and learning. This paper attempts to identify and categorise these agencies through the genres of technics and to illustrate them – and our relationships with technology - through reference to philosophy, fiction and reality. It also stands as an introduction to this special issue on the agency of technology.

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ID Code: 31187
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: agency, computer, genres of technics, ICT, online identity
ISSN: 1832-8342
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 please contact the author
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2010 00:51
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:10

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