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STS Week 3 Notes

by: Ann Carter Herbert

STS Week 3 Notes STS 1010

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Week 3
Survey of Science and Technology in Society
Professor Scott Brame
Science and Technology
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Date Created: 01/31/16
STS notes week 3 Is Google making me stupid?  The argument is that it is: o Efficient o Saves you time o Easier access o World of information, larger amount of resources o Filtering capacities  This is one of the most controversial concepts, because it tells you what you want to see  While you think you’re the one making the decision about what you want, it’s actually Google telling you it is the best one  The question is: o Does this make you SMARTER? o How does one develop their intelligence? o How does it make you less smart?  Skimming phenomenon  You don’t analyze the material fully  Lack the ability to concentrate o Deep analysis:  Recognize that there is more than what is presented  An examination of the evidence (an understanding of the truth) o Inability to delay instant gratification Communication Technology:  Before writing: o Oral tradition  Printing Press: o Books o Access is a big issue  Photos: o Takes away the words, one has to interpret for themselves  Telegraph  Radio/ Phonograph o Before this point, if you wanted to hear music it had to be live  Telephone  TV  Mobile phone o Our lives are from here on  Have we lost? o Quality o Etiquette TV and Postman’s article: TV:  Lowers attention span o This effects children in reading and in school o Watching TV is a passive activity o You don’t have to listen to TV, you just have to watch it  All you have to have is pattern recognition  Blurs the lines between childhood and adulthood o Childhood is disappearing, not children in general o TV news=entertainment o Levels of abstraction are out of order o Inability to delay gratification o Diminished capacity to interpret linguistic and mathematical symbolism o Delays IQ and Emotional intelligence o May suffer from poor impulse control o It will get harder to separate the child from adult History of Childhood:  Prior to 1500’s o Children were considered adults when they could talk o From about age 7 Over sharing:  Putting something down in words can be a powerful way of showing social etiquette  What used to be information that used to be private or personal is now shared in a social group of people (i.e. talking on a cell phone in a crowd of people you don’t know)  People are forced to “eavesdrop” by being forced to listen to other people share this private information around you  This idea that this is acceptable is new, it didn’t use to be this way The importance of Books:  One of the defining characteristics of an adult is that they know (or know more) on certain topics than children do o These are called “adult secrets”  Reading requires the reader to interpret complex passages  The process of analytic decoding promotes a higher level of decoding  Reading allows you to develop your intelligence to a higher level o Reading requires patience  TV: there is no “children’s television” Sesame Street is no less complicated to decode than any adult show o Television content is undifferentiated in its complexity o This explains why so many children and adults watch the same shows o


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