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Marinating in the Mooc

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Is the Net is good or bad for us? That’s beside the point: it’s here; it’s everywhere. In “Program or Be Programmed,” Rushkoff tells readers the real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”

This relates to a reference George Siemens threw out on a Steve Hargadon Elluminate session about Jacques Ellul and the fact that technology is just not tools. It affects far more than having a larger choice of tools. I would love to understand more about Ellul and how he conceptualizes “The Technological Society” – his book title from 1968. And that is precisely why this course will live on for me, because it might take me ten years to read the book. If anyone can give a summary NOW that would be helpful. Maybe I should consult Wikipedia?

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