Code as Ideology

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Mar 07, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Here's what to expect from this article: "For Habermas, technology is more than accomplishing our ends; it is also organizing society and subordinating its members (us) to a technocratic order." No, wait, don't pass this by, there's a good side: "For Habermas, the process of technicization of the lifeworld is reversible through reasserting the role of communication. Habermas’ goal is the restoration of a healthy process of social communication capable of providing direction to market and administration, and especially capable of limiting their influence." I'm not really a follower of Habermas, but this is the sort of thing I'm up to, that many of us are up to. In slogan form: the type of society we want must be reflected in the software we build.
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