Technological Determinism

Technological determinism is a reductionist theory that presumes that a society’s technology drives the development of its social structure and cultural values. It seeks to show technical developments, media, or technology as a whole, as the key mover in history and social change. Aka, there is no culture/art without technology.

Most interpretations of technological determinism share two general ideas:

1. that the development of technology itself follows a predictable, traceable path largely beyond cultural or political influence, and
2. that technology in turn has “effects” on societies that are inherent, rather than socially conditioned or produced because that society organizes itself to support and further develop a technology once it has been introduced.

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