Questions related to Sociology of Technology
My research work is on "the influence of WhatsApp application on social relationships among students". I intend to combine, the uses and gratifications theory and media dependency theory. Is it appropriate to have a heading highlighting the two theories or do I have to come up with a new caption? If I do, what are the rules please?
Assuming our action on the Web has purpose, we exchange some value to achieve it. What are the personal/cultural values that underpin/restrict our rational action on the Web?
I am specifically looking for a questionnaire, it need not be validated. Thank you
Diffusion of technology requires a certain critical mass of users to be establish, to ensure the sustainability of the process. How would you assess its magnitude?
Okay, I am a trouble-maker; I admit it in advance. But the issue of sentience has occupied a lot of society's attention recently, in books & movies especially, and it's not likely to get less interesting in the future, so let's dig in and thrash out some essentials.
Is there any way one could define rational criteria for the sentience of a computer? A nonhuman organic life form? A human? How do you know I am sentient? How do I know you are? Personally, I have my doubts about some individuals I have met; you probably do too.
If Ray Kurzweil is right, this is not an issue we can afford to neglect until it is thrown before the courts. Let the games begin!
PS: it seems likely that an equivalent Question has been asked already in RG, but I have been unable to find a way to check. If anyone knows of an existing thread on this topic, please let me know and I'll delete this one!
In ancient times, people could remember days worth of someone's talk. Then writing was invented. Then, the information support has changed and as a consequence we remembered less because we relied on parchment to do that for us. Then came technology and the support for information changed again, and with it perhaps our capacity to remember has once again declined. This leads me to raise the following question: Has our capacity to remember been reduced as a result of technology usage?
Current generations make extensive use of new technologies such as mobile phones, PCs, the internet and its associated tools, playstations, etc. These technologies were absent when the parents of these generations were growing up. Although a lot of parents try to adapt and provide those technologies for their kids, there seems to be a widening generational divide. The question that naturally emerges from this observation is: is technology responsible for that divide? Or are there other factors?
Parents have for many generations- to a certain extent - transmitted a legacy of thought and passion to their children, but a significant number seem to be failing at sustaining that transmission. So what are your precious views? Have you noticed that with your kids or those of your close relatives? Is this point perhaps exaggerated?
Ideally aimed towards researchers who have been published both before and after 'Web 2.0', but open to everyone. I would love to gain an understanding into any major differences in research/publication practices that have come about as a result of the internet, as well as your opinion on how resources like ResearchGate have impacted on you as a researcher. Any personal accounts/anecdotes welcome!