Compare the impact of sociotechnical systems on the emergence of two technologies

Compare the impact of sociotechnical systems on the emergence of two technologies

Compare the impact of sociotechnical systems on the emergence of two technologies - one developed before 1920 (the printing press) and one after (the internet). 

 

INFORMATION SYSTEMS ESSAY

 

INTRODUCTION 

Few would dispute the fact that technology has had a dramatic impact on the way humans live today. From technological devices that keep us informed and in touch with each other such as today’s smartphones and computers or those that move us from one place to another such as airplanes, technology has merged itself with humanity to such an extent that it is now a determinant of social, economic and even political change. Advanced information technology has made it possible to realise virtual organizations like Amazon in the business world (Mowshowitz 1994). The internet is seen as even shaping democratic processes and institutions (Weare 2002). This account of how technology shapes and impacts on society is known as technological determinism.In simple terms, technological determinism is the premise that technological innovations revolutionise society.

In order to understand this sociotechnical debate, we shall apply it to the emergence of two technologies - one developed before 1920 (the printing press) and one after (the internet). This debate will help us in our understanding of technological innovations today and whether their emergence impacted society (determinism) or was impacted by society (constructivism).

 

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