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First published Fri Aug 3, 2012 In the first decade of the 21 st century, new media technologies for social networking such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube began to transform the social, political and informational practices of individuals and institutions across the globe, inviting a philosophical response from the community of applied ethicists and philosophers of technology. While this scholarly response continues to be challenged by the rapidly evolving nature of social networking technologies, the urgent need for attention to this phenomenon is underscored by the fact that it is reshaping how human beings initiate and/or maintain virtually every type of ethically significant social bond or role: friend-to-friend, parent-to-child, co-worker-to co-worker, employer-to-employee, teacher-to-student, neighbor-to-neighbor, seller-to-buyer, and doctor-to-patient, to offer just a partial list.
Wiener's/Wiesner's/Singleton's 'Moth' – why so many names attached? (extract from below) Wiener wanted the theories put to a practical test. In the late 1940s he teamed up with Dr. J.
Jean Baudrillard spent a life time writing about how the simulation of reality will soon and maybe already has replaced reality itself. He references Borges Fable where a cartographer starts to draw a map of the kings empire, however through wanting to draw it as accurately as possible with as much detail as possible he ends up covering the whole empire with the map itself. When the empire falls, the map takes its place as the new empire but fades into the landscape leaving neither the land or its representation behind. Baudrillard uses this as an example of hyper-reality and we are now seeing this hyper-reality in the media and advertising, popular culture, music and television. Our televisions now display simulations of reality instead of actual reality and our music and graphic design does the very same thing.
Harnad, Stevan (1990) The Symbol Grounding Problem. [Journal (Paginated)] This is the latest version of this eprint. Full text available as: Abstract
Cangelosi, Angelo and Greco, Alberto and Harnad, Stevan (2002) Symbol Grounding and the Symbolic Theft Hypothesis. [Book Chapter] Full text available as:
The Tao Te Ching Translated by John C. H. Wu
Volume 1, Number 2 (July 2004) The Matrix Decoded: Le Nouvel Observateur Interview With Jean Baudrillard 1 Translated by: Dr. Gary Genosko (Canada Research Chair in Technoculture Studies, Lakehead University , Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada).
An ironic dream of a common language for women in the integrated circuit This chapter is an effort to build an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism, and materialism. Perhaps more faithful as blasphemy is faithful, than as reverent worship and identification. Blasphemy has always seemed to require taking things very seriously.
In the last two weeks I’ve seen three documentaries dealing with communication and networks. Firstly, a broad and ambitious film from Ericsson, taking on the ‘networked society’ including interviews with David Weinberger, Catarina Fake and Eric Wahlforss. Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society. Concepts such as borderless opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and today’s ‘dumb society’ are brought up and discussed.
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