Blog Post #1

Hello, and welcome to my first blog post for Phi Tech ! I will be tackling the questions: What’s technology? Who cares/Why should anyone care how “technology” is defined?

Technology in this time of day will often be thought of as a cell phone, a piece of machinery, cars, etc. Fact of the matter, technology is all around us, and we use it every day, whether we realize it or not. When you leave your house or bedroom, you open and close a door, which is technology. You sit in a reclining chair to watch some TV, you are using technology. It is all around us.

According to Val Dusek, there are different kinds of definitions for technology. There are real, stipulative, reportative, and précising definitions. A real definition comes from the Ancient Greek Philosophers, Plato and Aristotle held the notion of the real definition,”which assumes that there is a real structure of the world that corresponds to our words and that a correct definition will math the real nature of things”(Dusek, 26) The stipulative definition is quite an opposite view of the real definition, as it claims that the definition is about words, not things. The reportative definition is a report of how the word is used, and there is no way to make up an arbitrary definition of it. Lastly, the précising definition, “retains the core ordinary meaning of the word”(Dusek,28).

People should care about how technology is defined because it gives a better understanding as to how certain parts of life work and the reasoning of their lives being simpler. Whether people look at technology as a good or bad thing, is, in my opinion, completely up to the persons beliefs. It is often thought that technology makes one lazier, but it in fact, still requires time and energy to use technology. I personally do not look at technology as a good or bad thing, because in ways it can consume a persons life, but at the same time we need it to live a simpler life. Technology is very much necessary and there are technological advances happening every day.


Val Dusek, “What is technology? Defining or Characterizing Technology”.

One Reply to “Blog Post #1”

  1. Hey, I do agree with you to some degree about why people should know the definition of technology. On its surface, I think people should care about how it’s defined because some have certain beliefs concerning technology. However, I am curious about other forms of technology that do not make people “lazy.” As we discussed in class, there are multiple types of technology that may be immaterial. In my blog post, I discussed how our government can be seen as a type of technology. I think maybe we should take the approach of realizing that a definition is needed to view it in and of itself. Maybe if we have a solid foundation of the definition of technology, we can understand it outside of what it is if it’s used by humans. Also, i wanted to respond to your comment at the end about technology making life simpler. I think, also taking it on face value, many would agree it does. However, I feel like with the advanced technology, it makes things harder. I think because we always want to progress, we always look for ways to out do what we have done. Also, I think the more we advance, the more complicated and harder the technology gets. Overall, I think it was well thought out.

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