Sample Sociology Essays on how do human values affect technology

PART III TEXTBOOK READINGS

III. “Technology and Values” (pp. 183-186)

  1. “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” by Langdon Winner (pp. 187- 203)
  2. “Control: Human and Nonhuman Robots” by George Ritzer (pp. 204- 227)
  3. “White” by Richard Duer (pp. 228- 234)

INSTRUCTIONS

Provide a full and thorough answer to each of the following questions/ prompts by relying on the information in Part II. If including direct quotations from your textbook, use quotation marks and cite the page number: “Quoted text here” (p.#). Do NOT overuse quotations in your assignment. Rather, focus on explaining what the text means, in your own words, in order to demonstrate your understanding of the readings.

 

  1. According to Part III, how do human values affect technology? Provide a specific example from the readings to illustrate this directional influence.

values à technology

 

  1. According to Part III, how are human values affected by technology? Provide a specific example from the readings to illustrate this directional influence.

values ß technology

 

  1. According to Reading 12. “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” how do technological artifacts alter power relationships between people? Provide an example to illustrate this.

 

  1. In Reading 12. “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” what is the author’s main argument? Explain his main argument in your own words.

 

  1. In Reading 13. “Control: Human and Nonhuman Robots,” what is the fourth dimension of McDonalidization?

 

  1. According to Reading 13. “Control: Human and Nonhuman Robots,” why is the fast food industry used as a case example to demonstrate the effects of sociotechnical control?

 

  1. According to Reading 13. “Control: Human and Nonhuman Robots,” how has McDonalidization spread to other industries beyond fast food? Point to three other examples from the reading to illustrate this occurrence.

 

  1. According to Reading 14. “White,” how does the history of photographic technology demonstrate that technological decision-making can shape ideas about race?
  2. According to Reading 14. “White,” why are there very few good quality images of African Americans from the early days of photography?

 

After Reading 14. “White,” Google the term “racist apps.” Select one article to read that discusses how certain phone apps have been accused of being racist. Paste the link here and discuss how racial discrimination in photography is still occurring, but through new technology