Technology, Society and Sustainability: Selected Concepts, by Lech W. Zacher

By Lech W. Zacher

This assortment is a multidisciplinary and multicultural contribution to the present sustainability discourse. it truly is involved in major dimensions of our international: complexity and variety. fascinating and pressing transition of socio-technological platforms towards a sustainability trajectory of improvement calls for a greater figuring out of technological traits and social modifications. basic development of know-how doesn't produce exact adjustments in numerous societies, differentiated economically and culturally. furthermore, the skills to procedure sustainable improvement swap over the years and area. for that reason there's a consistent want for carrying on with examine, analyses, and discussions relating altering contexts and adequacy of recommendations and regulations. Authors from twelve international locations and of alternative educational and cultural settings current their insights, analyses and proposals. the gathering is targeted either on contexts and on actions resulting in sustainable trajectories in a variety of domain names of financial system and social life.
Continuing examine and dialogue is required to raised comprehend those demanding situations and to organize definitely the right options and strategies. improvement of socio-technological structures is these days very advanced; additionally, the realm we are living in is very diversified. for that reason, sustainability discourse needs to be ongoing, introducing new principles, innovations, theories, proof and event by way of quite a few parties—academics, pros, and practitioners.

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However, in this space mass culture, primitive and simplistic culture seems to be the most expansionistic and predominant. In the social portals are really the masses (in Facebook with more than 1 billion participants), so almost ex definitione it is not an aggregation of highly educated and sophisticated people being cultural elite. , in Poland), there are portals gathering “colleagues from elementary school” (Our class) or from prison (Our cell). All these show that the Internet culture in great part is a rather primitive pop culture that transforms itself into entertainment (so it can be called an entertainment culture); it is a culture of fan attitude (fan pages) and of permanently ongoing plebiscite (“I like it”).

In the evolution of man and his world of spirit and of practice, culture plays a significant role in all aspects and dimensions, and at all levels. Culture impacts and shapes people (in the generational sequence in particular) and also co-shapes technology and its practical applications, and the environment. But it is also transformed itself—for example, it is increasingly technologized, electronized, virtualized, disseminated, and used. A systems approach and socio-cybernetics can be instrumental in the analysis of such systems as technology, culture, environment, 3 Technologization of Man and Marketization of His Activities … 37 and society.

It is so in spite of the ongoing processes of integration, globalization, technology transfer, migrations and international networking, and co-operation. 4 Etiquettes for societies (knowledge–market–culture) similarities, the predominant feature seems to be a diversity—not of declared goals and policies but of real actions and their effects. The reason of it is on one side a large differentiation of national developmental potentials and on the other side not equal cultural ability to creation and application of technology in various domains of human life.

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