A triangle model for understanding the dark side of technology [Walter Davis, ISSS 1998 Paper Session, July 22/98]

[Paper session, July 22/98, 4:50 p.m.]

Walter Davis, Kent State University

Some question as to whether technology is helping human to flourish.

Behavioural patterns and functional outcomes from ...
  1. Goals, beliefs
  2. Context
  3. Human attributes
Features of the model Underlying assumptions: Want to continually push our understanding of the elements

Patterns & Outcomes

Human Attributes: Power Power relationships Goals, Beliefs and Ideology Context Social context: Contrast social structures There is a nesting of social systems Way to use the model: Ellul's model on technological autonomy. Reject Ellul and all of the other models, because we have agency


Karl Marx would agree. [A comment, not a question]

Why juxtapose hierarchy and heterarchy?

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