Social/cultural approaches to information and information systems

This is about social/cultural approaches to information and information systems. Nacy’s current research is on camera phones, blogs and issues of trust and credibility on the Net. Today’s reading is here. It is also on the class website.

Notes from Class:

(Political) decision and choices are made each time when technology designed. (e.g. Microsoft Windows.)
There are values embedded in technology.
How do we ask questions? How do we approach these issues?

Technology and human behavior are mutually constituting.

Social sciences ask questions such as how people create and recreate regularities in individual and in societies. They are more about process than outcome, more descriptive than explainary. But we can look at problems from multiple perspectives.

For example:
People clip things and give it to people. Why people do that? Information sharing, establishing commonality, self-expression etc…