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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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Crossing the Postmodern Divide with Borgmann, or Adventures in Cyberspace

Crossing the Postmodern Divide with Borgmann, or Adventures in Cyberspace

(p.234) Thirteen Crossing the Postmodern Divide with Borgmann, or Adventures in Cyberspace
Technology and the Good Life?

Douglas Kellner

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues for a moderate position on the changes we are now experiencing in material culture. On the one hand, it objects to Borgmann's claim that we really are at a point of crossing from modernity to postmodernity, arguing instead that our present cultural position is much more complex and confusing than Borgmann makes it out to be. Also, while the chapter agrees with Borgmann's claim that technology is a major force in postmodernity, it argues that technology is not the only shaping force in postmodernism. We also must pay attention to the forces of capitalism. On the other hand, the chapter also seeks the counterbalance of something like Borgmann's postmodern realism, where focal things weigh against devices. The chapter argues that as technology supplements face-to-face contact and encounter with things, it can actually help to form a richer life for those who avail themselves of it. It illustrates this argument with examples from cyberspace.

Keywords:   cyberspace, material culture, modernity, postmodernity, technology, focal things, realism

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