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Pacey states that at the heart of engineering lies existential joy and brings up the term artist-engineer.

The Culture of Technology. At first glance most people associate technology with values such as rationality and efficiency. We measure progress with things we can easily identify. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. On the other hand the technical aspects and basic knowledge of technology is universal.

The problem with this is that it creates tunnel vision. You are commenting using your Facebook account. He defines the term technological imperative as the idea that just because a particular technology means that we can do something, then this action either ought to as a moral imperativemust as an operational requirement or inevitably will in time be taken. In the first chapter of The Culture of Technology, Arnold Pacey begins marking out definitions for technology, and by doing so making us aware of the cultural layers underneath.

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Arnold Pacey, who lives near Oxford, England, has a degree in physics and has lectured on both the history of technology and technology policy, with a particular focus on the development of technologies appropriate to Third World needs. Ravetz Limited preview – Franklin No preview available – Pacey shows us that there are different levels in the definition of technology and that their needs to be some consistency when talking about them.


Notify me of new comments via email. It disputes the common idea that technology is “value-free” and shows that its development and use It neglects the cultural aspects of technology.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Twitter account. These cultural archetypes become a transcendental goal, disguise political aim and celebrate the human drive and creativity behind successful innovation.

Imperatives and Creative Culture. This site uses cookies. Once again he has us peeling back the layers to find more culturally and personally founded values.

Paceys use of tunnel tecbnology reminds me of an article that I read in Literacy and Learning last semester. Here we are introduced to the term technology-practice.

The culture of technology

The Culture of Technology examines our often conflicting attitudes toward nuclear weapons, biological technologies, pollution, Third World development, automation, social medicine, and industrial decline. The Culture of Expertise.

The technological imperative is partly an expression of personal values and experiences. These range teh the impact of snowmobiles in North America to the use of water pumps in rural India, and from homemade toys in Africa to electricity generation in Britain-all showing how the complex interaction of many influences in every community affects technological practice.

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People like to create astonishing technological achievements because of the aesthetic pleasure it brings them, the technology enlarges technolofy human capability and they get joy out of mastering technology.

This reinforces the determinist impression of technical advance. Pacey is looking at the impulses and drives in technology. Pacey connects large technological achievements with the cathedral archetype. Many examples from a variety of cultures are presented.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Email required Address never made public. Pacey then uses the first chapter to explain to us the errors this definition. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Pacey also looks at arnols as a interactive thing with layers, organizational, technical and cultural. This seems to be a linear view or progress that shows only restricted technology verses the context of innovation which is all of technology-practice.

The culture of technology

Another term to think about is cultrue virtuosity or the way technical creativity may be pursued as a goal in its own right. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.

In Chapter two, Pacey begins by identifying progress in a linear pattern that only takes into account technological inventions. Uncertainty and Quality in Science for Policy S.