Self-referential Technology and the Growth of Information: From Techniques to Technology to the Technology of Technology

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This article attempts to make a point for the necessity of dealing with technology itself as a field for sociological research. Up until now, technology has mostly been observed as a non-social artefact and, as a consequence, has been of social scientific interest only in terms of its impact on modern society. This conventional view is based on the Cartesian subject/object dichotomy taking the form of society/technology. Contemporary technological developments, however, defy this social science approach from being applicable. Technology is on the verge of completing operational closure, re-entry, and, hence, turning self-referential. A system theoretical perspective on technology as functioning simplification and containment may be a viable starting point towards a more abstract but also more accurate concept of technology. In the final chapters, the work of Kallinikos on information growth and his attempt to observe technology as a systemic and paradox concept are being introduced. The paper offers a reconceptualization of technology based on three building blocks: 1) an operational rather than an »artifactual« definition of technology, 2) a historical development of differentiation of the technological domain, and 3) the closure of technology through re-entry as 2nd order technology
This article attempts to make a point for the necessity of dealing with technology itself as a field for sociological research. Up until now, technology has mostly been observed as a non-social artefact and, as a consequence, has been of social scientific interest only in terms of its impact on modern society. This conventional view is based on the Cartesian subject/object dichotomy taking the form of society/technology. Contemporary technological developments, however, defy this social science approach from being applicable. Technology is on the verge of completing operational closure, re-entry, and, hence, turning self-referential. A system theoretical perspective on technology as functioning simplification and containment may be a viable starting point towards a more abstract but also more accurate concept of technology. In the final chapters, the work of Kallinikos on information growth and his attempt to observe technology as a systemic and paradox concept are being introduced. The paper offers a reconceptualization of technology based on three building blocks: 1) an operational rather than an »artifactual« definition of technology, 2) a historical development of differentiation of the technological domain, and 3) the closure of technology through re-entry as 2nd order technology
SprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSoziale Systeme: Zeitschrift für soziologische Theorie
Vol/bind15
Udgave nummer1
Sider138-159
ISSN0948-423X
StatusUdgivet - 2009
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • Sociological research
  • Management science
  • Technology
  • Systems theory
  • Social aspects of technology

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Self-referential Technology and the Growth of Information : From Techniques to Technology to the Technology of Technology. / Marton, Attila.

I: Soziale Systeme: Zeitschrift für soziologische Theorie, Bind 15, Nr. 1, 2009, s. 138-159.

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