Option #1 Technological Politics
Langdon Winner argues in “Do Artifacts have Politics” that technological artifacts can have political properties. After reviewing his article, please do the following:
Using your own words and paraphrasing or summarizing, describe what Technological Politics is when it is part of the design or arrangement of a device or system, according to Winner. (Please see tips on paraphrasing here. Please see tips on summarizing here.)
Choose one example from the article (Robert Moses overpasses, pneumatic molding machines, tomato harvester machine) and explain its political properties, according to Winner. Be sure to discuss who has power and who does not due to the artifact’s design.
Find an example of a technological artifact in your environment (bridge, street sign, game, tool, device, utensil, band-aid etc.), describe it briefly, and then explain who you think this artifact was designed for AND who may not have been considered when this artifact was designed. Who do you think might have more power due to the design of the artifact, and why? Explain your assessment using specific examples from the artifact.
For instance, you could point out that those with small hand sizes, often women, may not have been fully considered in the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra because it is too big for those with smaller hands to use with one hand. Then, give the dimensions of the phone and the dimensions of a typical woman’s hand to show how this could be true. You could then talk about how those with bigger hands might have more power when using this device since it’s easier for them to use to take selfies, become influencers using it, etc.
4. Use two quotes from any of your resources to support or explain your points. Make sure to provide in-text citations for both quotes in MLA format.
5. Provide references for all sources in MLA format.