For our next class on April 16, I would like you to reflect upon the “high tech disasters” that we’ve been looking at for the past few weeks, specifically from the perspective of the Algorithms of Oppression reading, the Silicon Valley of Dreams chapter, and the Programmed Inequality reading.
Think about connections between these three, and whether they are similar to, or different from, previous “lower tech” disasters that we have studied. Choose an article that somehow allows you to highlight an important insight or question that you’ve come up with, as you’ve thought about these disasters, their root causes, and the process of historical change. Upload a link to your article, as well as its title and one sentence on why you chose it, in a comment on this post by April 13th at 5pm. I will look them over and make them visible (so you can read each other’s articles, by April 14th.
Here are a few more articles I thought might spark discussion on the articles the class has provided:
MySpace Tom beat Facebook in the long run: Wouldn’t you rather be a rich nobody than whatever Mark Zuckerberg is? (about the need to address and account for obsolescence in technologies–instead of getting caught up in the fiction that technologies can function forever)
A Feature, Not A Bug (about how the history of computing gives lie to one of our most beloved fictions: technological meritocracy–and the idea that it can save us)