Updating your technology knowledge

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Even television is no longer a one-way medium but an interactive one.

We are encouraged to tweet, text, or call in to vote for contestants in everything from singing competitions to matchmaking endeavours—bridging the gap between our entertainment and our own lives.

Someone applying the critical perspective would probably focus on the systematic inequality created by differential access to media and technology.

For example, how can Canadians be sure the news they hear is an objective account of reality, unsullied by moneyed political interests?

The examples are endless: technology plays a role in absolutely every aspect of our lives. Some schools sport cutting-edge computer labs, while others sport barbed wire.

Is your academic technology at the cusp of innovation, relatively disadvantaged, or somewhere in between?

Or are TV reality shows and talent competitions today’s version of ancient Rome’s “bread and circuses”—distractions and entertainment to keep the lower classes indifferent to the inequities of our society?

In the criminal justice system, the ability to ascertain innocence through DNA testing has saved the lives of people on death row.But chances are 30 years from now our skinny laptops and MP3 players will look just as archaic.While most people probably picture computers and cell phones when the subject of technology comes up, technology is not merely a product of the modern era.(Photo courtesy of Carlos Martinez/flickr) As with any improvement to human society, not everyone has equal access.Technology, in particular, often creates changes that lead to ever greater inequalities. This technological stratification has led to a new focus on ensuring better access for all.

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