Rethinking Techno-Social Interaction(s) through the Lens of Technorealists


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TOLU H.

INSAN & TOPLUM-THE JOURNAL OF HUMANITY & SOCIETY, vol.9, no.4, pp.35-51, 2019 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.12658/m0312
  • Title of Journal : INSAN & TOPLUM-THE JOURNAL OF HUMANITY & SOCIETY
  • Page Numbers: pp.35-51

Abstract

Societies are on the way to becoming smarter every day by following, copying, and observing one another; the increase of knowledge is already accelerating, but do we know what all of us know? Or more critically, are we able to benefit from everything one has learned? The literature normatively postulates techno-social interactions to be a multi-motivated and multi-consequential phenomenon driven by imbalances in economic, social, cultural, and political situations (non-philosophical facts). Nevertheless, the literature has not highlighted its modern sociological assumptions; it acts as a Techno-utopianist (Nietzschean thoughts) or at least as a dominated technological-determinist (Giant wishes). In this sense, this study takes a different approach to analyzing techno-social interactions using the principles of Technorealism to discuss the issues that concern Technorealists. This paper argues that Technorealists wish to break loose from being pure modern technophiles whose revolts, freedoms, and passions are governed by techno-social struggles. The paper shall metaphorically envisage the extent to which current and future controllers should be avoided without taking any peculiar postmodern moral objective (e.g., stop surveillance governance).