After declaring that I'd try to blog more about stuff I'm doing at Uni, I thought it good to follow up with this. "My First Essay." It's not the best essay ever, and I feel like I'm still trying to strike a good writing style that fits into an academic environment (i.e. some formality, but not boring), but what the hell...
A quick outline. It's on the different impacts that technologies have on society, concentrating on:
intended vs unintended consequences
complexity as a barrier to diffusion - complexity of production, and complexity of use
the normalising effects that technology inherently has - incorporating compatibility and expansion as a result of a "lust" for technical efficiency, and the idea that people use technical objects as an indicator of social status. For me, this section is probably the most interesting.