The Digital Environment: Taking the Long View

3.Predictions about new media are often misguided

-Technological Myopia:

First order effects are overestimated.
Second order effects are underestimated.
First order effects are changes in practice or structure that are evident in particular sites and across the system as a whole. Second order effects are the impact of these changes on patterns of social access and opportunity and social justice (Ball on Walker, "Education Policy and Social Class,"

"Screen time 'may harm toddlers'"

-Myopic Technological Rationalism:
Attributing excessive importance to the efficiency of the new medium.

"Lion Air: Faulty Design, Weak Pilot Training and Maintenance Lapses Caused 737 MAX Crash

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Technological Efficiency Paradox:

Technology offers the potential to make life easier but added complexities increase both difficulty of use and user frustration.

Control your iPhone or iPad with Head Movements

Concept 3 Analysis article:

"What Tesla ‘Full-Self Driving’ Tells Us About the Future of Autonomy."

Want to learn more?

Cathy O'Neil. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Crown Publishing, 2016.

Cathy N. Davidson. Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. Viking, 2011.

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