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Nominalization: Not for The People

Essay By: GordonGraham
Editorial and opinion

If you reject the notion that there is only one, inevitable future, one driven by "technology," you will appreciate my thoughts here.

Submitted:Apr 24, 2014    Reads: 4    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

In Our Hands

We need to stop looking at things like culture, globalization, technology, and innovation as inevitable, naturally occurring phenomena. They are not. They are nothing more than the sum of individual behaviours. And only exist because people do stuff.

Also, there is no future. But futures - possible ones. The outcome of a mass of people's actions.

Globalization came into our vocabulary because traders wanted to sell their goods to people in far-away lands. And people bought. We traded the output of cultures and differences in geography.

Innovation emerged because self-confident men and women woke up and did things that had not been done previously. They tinkered. And we searched for a term for this. The result: innovation.

We need to start putting the person right back into the center of the conversation. Without the you, agency, there is nothing.

Technology - people using a quill over a finger. A pen over a quill. A typewriter over a pen. Technology''s always been there.

"Technology is the enactment of the human imaginagtion." - Robert Romanyshyn (1989)

Economy - my handing over money for twenty carrots from you or my giving you a haircut in exchange (barter).

Despite the fantasies of technological determinists, the human condition remains relatively unchanged. It takes guts and it takes fortitude to get back to the self. It is towards this we need to divert our attention and energy.


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