In this module, you were introduced to the following glossary term:
In the next module, you will continue to learn about signs and metaphors, by looking at the success factors and risks that are involved in
this first layer of the Web site development process model.
Humanistic psychologists have warned that as humans become more dependent on technology and inhabit an increasingly
technological world, we too are subtly madeover and reinvented by the very technological world we invent. As people try out multiple new identities online and experiment with virtual reality simulations of reality, the self becomes more mutable and fragmentary than it has ever been in human history.
To value machines and virtual reality over our humanity is a choice that will clash head-on with 500,000 years of biological evolution.
The question now is: how are the relationships we are forming with computers changing what it means to be human?
One example of this impact is how readily the computer metaphor for the brain has been adopted both in the health professions and in popular culture.
The choice of linguistic metaphor has profound implications for how that phenomenon is viewed and interacted with. In the case of health issues,
Instead of confronting how we are creating and reacting to the stresses that cause human conflict and sickness, we look only to how we can maintain and repair the computer-brain. This translates into servicing the human machine with drugs; drugs for sleeping, drugs for waking up, drugs for shifting moods, drugs for recreation, for upset stomachs, and for migraine headaches.
As if taking ourselves in for a lube job and oil change will fix the problem.
Our acquiescence to technology has lowered us to its level, rather than pulling it up to our level.
Even technology's critics are also searching for ways that it can lead to enhanced connections with others and a deeper sense of self by merging with the machines.