When Meikle’s Open Publishing opened up with information about Newsweek running a story about the new digital age and print moving to e-publishing, I instantly thought of how all of this information was being published on print, and not in the new digital format. The essay referred to technology historians Smith and Marx who said “these mini-fables direct attention to the consequences rather than the genesis of inventions”. Meikle says that “such stories help create the popular sense of technology as an independent casual agent” and when you think of technology as a power with growing force and control over our lives, the technology becomes independent. Though there is the connection between the controller of the technology and the technology itself, there is too much curiosity and lack of self-control and restraint in the users, which lets the technology take over. Like Meikle goes on to say, technology isn’t neutral, it has a purpose or mission from before it’s even finished being created. There is intent in its creation, which is carried out to its use, and the intent is always something meant to affect human life. I think that today a lot of people think that they are the controllers of the technology they use and that they have tools to help improve their lives but many don’t take the time to step back and realize how much they need, depend on, and are addicted to the new technologies of today. Many skills that used to be known throughout most in our society such as little things like having a sense of direction are lost due to newer things such as GPS’s and electronic compasses on smart phones that are always carried around.
Looking at the use of technology, different than its intended purpose is interesting. To see how people find new or different uses for an object gives information of the desires of the public. The use of the telephone, radio, and record player have come to have long lives in our society, which many popular uses, as time changes. The built in politics of the objects rarely get looked at on a day-to-day basis and I think the reflection of that tells a lot about the mind set of our society and looking at why or how the use of an technological object changes is a big part of history.