Between Technology and Teleology: Can the Digital Age Embrace the Analogue Experience of Culture? Farouk Y. Seif
Professor Emeritus Center for Creative Change Antioch University Seattle 2326 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, USA email@example.com This chapter introduces a new theoretical framework for cultural transformation in the digital age by juxtaposing the competing yet mutually reinforcing ideas of technology and teleology. The theoretical framework draws from philosophy, semiotics, and contemporary systems thinking, substantiated by traditional cultural practices. Based on this framework, and by reframing the challenge at hand, the paper calls for an eco-humanistic understanding of cultural transformation and suggests that: 1) digital technology is best viewed as a means to an end, but where the means and the end reciprocate purposefully in an integrative circularity; and 2) feeling comfortable with the paradoxical and tensional relationship between techne and teleos can bring forward a sustainable and desirable future that transcends virtual reality into an authentic and enhanced cultural reality. 1. Introduction: Cultures and the lure of technique Cultures stand at a critical junction in history. Although the power of technology has been in� uencing cultures and civilisations since the beginning of time, our digital age brings unprecedented challenges that human beings have never en- countered before. Technological innovation has taken place in almost all aspects of modern society, integrating technology into everyday life such that virtual sys- tems of human interaction become interchangeable with physical systems. In ef- fect, as many proclaim, the digital seems to have swallowed the real. This inter- changeability between the virtual and the real seems to generate both challenges and opportunities for...
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