The social Nature of Technology: The Telephone. I203 Social and Organizational Issues of Information. Information Systems as Agents. Solving routine information processing Ordering a pizza… Finding information on a specific website…
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I203 Social and Organizational Issues of Information
“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union, internal memo, 1876
Note that we will go into determinism and constructivism in more depth next week– for now we want to understand why Fischer must defend his use of the user heuristic model.
The invention of the stirrup
led to Feudalism.
See: White, L. Medieval Technology and Social Change. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962.
“The history of the use of the horse in battle is divided into three periods: first, that of the charioteer; second, that of the mounted warrior who clings to his steed by pressure of the knees; and third, that of the rider equipped with stirrups.”
The automobile created suburbia.
See: McShane, C. Down the Asphalt Path: The Automobile and the American City. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. 1995.
“Speak directly into the mouthpiece keeping mustache out of the opening.”