When you see someone on their phone, reading a text, or connected through the internet, do you feel they are being sociable? Many argue that this form of networking is artificial, however others discuss it as not being less sociable, however just a means of trying to escape the harsh reality we live in (Zoijade1503).
This week’s lecture draws on The Great Divide within the Network Society Paradigm. Ted highlights the role of a node (online user), and their control of social media platforms, as well as the cybernetics enclosed within the internet.
Overview of the role of a node… https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-a-node-4155598
The connection vs separation discussion surrounding the role of the internet is highly influenced by Norbert Weiner’s concept of cybernetics.
Weiner enforces a node’s ability to control and communicate with others online via Facebook Messenger, Reddit etc. Weiner’s concept of cybernetics highlights how a digital machine reacts to information by receiving control, and having accessibility whilst communicating online.
Zoijade1503, Is technology making humans less sociable?, Debate, online discussion forum, viewed 12 August, <http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-technology-making-humans-less-sociable>