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Technology and the Good Life?$
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Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780226333861

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.001.0001

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Design and the Reform of Technology: Venturing Out into the Open

Design and the Reform of Technology: Venturing Out into the Open

(p.182) Ten Design and the Reform of Technology: Venturing Out into the Open
Technology and the Good Life?

Jesse S. Tatum

University of Chicago Press

Drawing on studies of the home power movement, the chapter distinguishes between technologies and practices that center our existence and those that enable, in a supportive role, that center to exist and flourish. With this basic distinction in hand, it draws out reform possibilities in the design of technologies. Along the way, the chapter uses a phrase of Langdon Winner that artifacts have politics; the chapter finds that the redesign of technology encourages participatory research and development and participatory democracy.

Keywords:   reform of technology, design of technologies, artifacts, participatory research, participatory democracy

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