Why Fi? What is Tech Doing….

Full Title: 
Why Fi? What Is Technology Doing To and For Us?
David Hostetler
Day/Time Taught: 
114: MWF 11:00 – 11:50 am; 178: MWF 1:00 – 1:50 pm
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Facebooking, texting, web surfing, game playing?  How much? Why? And at what costs?  How much and what kind of technology is good for us and our society, or too much and unhealthy?  Are we subtly and foolishly compromising our privacy in our “bargain” with Google?  These are just some of the questions to be explored in this seminar.

We will consider the emergence and dominance of modern information technologies and their affect on our lives: good, bad, and neutral.  Underlying these considerations are deeper philosophical and moral questions such as “What purposes and values should inform our personal and societal decisions?” “What is the “good life” and how does it relate to our technology use?” In fact, how does (or should) the Socratic imperative to live “examined”, self-reflective lives relate to our technological values and uses. Students will read and discuss in class, via Socratic dialog, a broad range of resources –- ancient and modern -- from philosophy, religion, history, the arts, media and culture studies.  These will include traditional book and excerpt readings, plus audio-video clips, movies, music and other non-traditional sources.  The class will include several reading quizzes and one class report.

  • NOTE:  Section 114 – Priority enrollment given to residents of the Future Educators Residential Learning Community.
  • Unused seats will be available for general enrollment on 07/02/2012.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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