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“We live in the golden era of surveillance; every phone is designed to be tapped, the Internet passes through snooping equipment of agencies that are so vast and unaccountable that we hardly know their bounds. Corporations are forced (though some are willing enough!) to hand over our data and data of those whom we love. Our lives are ruled by networks and yet those networks are not ruled by our consent. These networks keep us hooked up but it is not without costs that they keep us hooked together. The businesses, the governments, and the individuals that power those networks are incentivized to spy, to betray and to do it silently. The architecture of the very systems produces these outcomes.”

Excerpt From: Doctorow, Cory. “Homeland.” iBooks. 
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April 05 2013

talk about at end of chapter 1

One of the key concepts for understanding computer-mediated communication is technological determinism. Chandler (1995) uses the term to refer to the common assumption that technologies are the primary cause of: 
x major social and historical changes at the macrosocial level of social structure and processes; and/or
x subtle but profound social and psychological influences at the microsocial level of the regular use of particular kinds of tools. 

Based on this concept, Thurlow et. al (2004, p. 41) identify four main assumptions, i.e. that technological determinism: 
x reduces the relationship between technology and culture to one of straightforward cause and effect (reductionistic), 
x oversimplifies an otherwise complex relationship to the effects of a single factor (monistic),
x represents technology as neutral or value-free and therefore absolved of “responsibility” (neutralizing), 
x presents technological “progress” as unstoppable, inevitable, and irreversible (technological imperative).

source: unpublished master thesis, daniel kececi

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