Technological Meditation

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Technological Meditation
  ABSTRACTTECHNOLOGICAL MEDIATION: THE IMPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY ON THE HUMAN EXPERIENCEBy Daniela Andrea Oliva August 2012Technology intervenes in nearlyevery aspect of life. A multitude of technologies andrelated fields from virtual reality to bio-genetics are fading the distinction between technology and biology, a phenomenon met with reservation and exuberance. Given the extent of technological mediation today and the promise of its future intensification, humanity is confronted withmanyunanswered questions. What constituteslifeandhow is it defined? What would it mean for humanity if technology continues to become morehumanized, and evolves to become self-aware? I canvass the work of authors HerbertMarcuse, Jean Baudrillard, Donna Haraway, and Kevin Kelly among others to provideproper scope and a continuum of thought in regards to the implications of technology onthe human condition. I propose that it is appropriate toviewtechnology as a pharmakon. Technology is enhancing and dehumanizing, a contradiction that cannot be resolved. Instead, it is something humanity must endure.  TECHNOLOGICAL MEDIATION: THE IMPLICATIONSOFTECHNOLOGYON THE HUMAN EXPERIENCEA THESIS Presented to the Department of Political ScienceCalifornia State University, Long BeachIn Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements fortheDegree Master of Arts in Political ScienceCommittee Members:Mary Caputi, Ph.D. (Chair)Jason Whitehead, Ph.D.Teresa Wright, Ph.D.College Designee: MarkWiley,Ph.D.By Daniela Andrea OlivaB.A., 2007, California State University, Long Beach August 2012  UMI Number: 1521598 All rights reservedINFORMATION TO ALL USERS The quality of this reproduction is dependent upon the quality of the copy submitted. In the unlikely event that the authordid not send a complete manuscriptand there are missing pages, these will be noted. Also, if material had to be removed, a note will indicate the deletion. UMI Dissertation Publishing UMI 1521598Published by ProQuest LLC (2012). Copyright in the Dissertation held by the Author.Microform Edition © ProQuestLLC.All rights reserved. This work is protected againstunauthorized copying under Title 17, United StatesCode uest ProQuestLLC. 789 East Eisenhower ParkwayP.O. Box1346Ann Arbor, Ml 48106- 1346
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