Comments on: The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck? http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/ Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003 Thu, 31 May 2018 07:56:57 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 By: Peut-on lutter contre le « solutionnisme » ? | InternetActu http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6388907 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 13:48:38 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6388907 […] le chercheur Ethan Zuckerman a réagi à un long article du journaliste Shane Snow qui proposait d’utiliser des casques de […]

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By: ReVue D’actu De 11h11 – Mardi 25 Octobre 2016 | Régions.news http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6387951 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:27:18 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6387951 […] lutter contre le solutionnisme ? Récemment, le chercheur Ethan Zuckerman a réagi à un long article du journaliste Shane Snow qui proposait d’utiliser des casques de réalité […]

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By: Comment lutter contre le solutionnisme ? | Internet news http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6387505 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:33:48 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6387505 […] le chercheur Ethan Zuckerman a réagi à un long article du journaliste Shane Snow qui proposait d’utiliser des casques de réalité […]

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By: discussion starters: making as research « Loes Bogers http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6385114 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:47:29 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6385114 […] Morozov’s writings on solutionism are still on my to-read list, but here’s a short intro by Ethan Zuckerman […]

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By: Итан Цукерман: как использовать технологии, чтобы не навредить http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6383418 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:14:39 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6383418 […] Сидоренко перевел и обобщил размышления Итана Цукермана, директора Центра гражданских медиа […]

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By: Ashley Shew http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382836 Sat, 09 Jul 2016 14:02:18 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382836 You ask for suggestions of what to read and activities for students at one point in this article. I teach a class on technology and disability at Virginia Tech, and we spend a lot of time talking about how design goes wrong in the context of disability. For so many items, designers unveil with a great flourish and lots of media hype, and then those items do not end up in wide use due to an array of factors. Or, they do end up in wide use to the detriment of disability cultures or destruction of disabled lives. Or, the very ways they are presented are ableist and reinforce tired tropes that invoke pity or heroic overcoming in the context of disability. Or, it’s a great thing, but with no infrastructure to allow people to use and enjoy it.

Two things that I think are great, particularly on this topic, are exoskeletons and cochlear implants. To look at some of the really passionate writing by disabled people about exoskeleton projects — and how many of these projects reinforce bias against the people they purport to serve — really blows a lot of students away. Bill Peace has some great articles on his blog about it. I also have a Harriet McBryde Johnson reading with this unit that I read aloud on the first day of class that talks about resenting the well-meaning people who want to fix the character (it’s a novel).

The second topic that captivates students is the study of the cochlear implant and its reception (and the protest it caused). _Sound and Fury_ is an older documentary, but it still really engages people on the topic in a personal way, and, added to more recent writing about Deaf community with some recent media coverage of Nyle DiMarco’s stance on sign language, it could bring a lot out in discussion with students who don’t necessarily have a background in disability studies.

Anyway, best of luck. My whole reading list can be found here: techanddisability.com. I’ll be changing it up a bit in the next month or so before my next semester starts. Best wishes on your own course.

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By: Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-06-26 – Bionic Teaching http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382696 Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:55:28 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382696 […] The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems t… how do we help smart, well-meaning people address social problems in ways that make the world better, not worse? In other words, is it possible to get beyond both a naïve belief that the latest technology will solve social problems and a reaction that rubbishes any attempt to offer novel technical solutions as inappropriate, insensitive and misguided? Can we find a synthesis in which technologists look at their work critically and work closely with the people they’re trying to help in order to build sociotechnical systems that address hard problems? […]

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By: heresiarch http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382695 Sun, 03 Jul 2016 17:59:05 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382695 If you haven’t read “The Zimbabwe Bush Pump: Mechanics of a Fluid Technology”, well, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has amazing insight into the relationships between technology, inventors, and communities.

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By: 1 July: #Brexit, technology and GMOs – INIS Blog http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-worst-thing-i-read-this-year-and-what-it-taught-me-or-can-we-design-sociotechnical-systems-that-dont-suck/comment-page-1/#comment-6382653 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:35:57 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=5284#comment-6382653 […] suggestion that we address violence in prison by giving every inmate an Oculus Rift VR headset. This epic takedown articulates some great questions about technology and social change, with implications for health […]

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