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Title:The Sense of Technological Determinism
Author(s):Thibeault, Matthew D.
Subject(s):technological determinism
philosophy of technology
music education
Abstract:Rather than argue against technological determinism, this paper reviews four ways that technological determinism makes sense: first, that these arguments are familiar; second, that they resonate with our individualistic vantage point; third, that deterministic accounts are a logical place to begin inquiry; and, fourth, that they are advanced by commercial interests. Having established some of the ways that deterministic accounts of technological change make sense, the chapter then moves to critique these accounts as impoverished causal models. Building on the field of sound studies, the chapter argues for richer accounts that track networks of people, practices, institutions, and technologies. The paper closes with a review of recent research that can serve as a model for those in music education interested in technology, media, and music education.
Issue Date:2012-11
Citation Info:Thibeault, M. D. (2012). "The Sense of Technological Determinism. Part of the panel, “Is it the technology? Challenging technological determinism in music education.” Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) national conference. Anaheim, CA. November 16, 2012.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Rights Information:© 2012 Matthew D. Thibeault
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-03-05

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