Digital Creativity: Something from Nothing by Gregory Sporton (auth.)

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Seen in this way, it was the most dubious achievement of the industrial processes of the 19th century, and represented a significant break from the interests of science to that time. We know from the studies of technological and economic progress of the era that the scientific Age of Discovery that preceded the Industrial Revolution was indeed a moment of cultural triumph as much as a scientific one. Patronage similar to that which we readily recognise in the Arts was offered on an equal basis to mathematicians, astronomers and fraudulent alchemists of all sorts.

The argument that technology is a catalyst for social change is agreed as the starting point for discussion about its social impact, but an understanding of the direction from which it may be coming, or the consequences it may have, will be severely compromised in examples that dismiss the process and focus only on the results. The example of the Industrial Revolution provides an alternative version of the impact of the technological on human experience. Far from the utopian, liberating claims that might be made, it is plain that technology has a dark side that often remains undetected in the dazzle of its presence.

3 The rise of the app is the technology industry’s ingenious solution to reducing the options for users to access other providers’ content, or encountering critical content they might find via a conventional web search for a brand, being directed ever more specifically into the domain of the provider Science with a Business Plan 43 once a download happens. It is the antithesis of the governing principles of the Web, which emerged from a scientific culture of sharing. The intention of these commercial applications is to overcome the capacity of the users to seek answers elsewhere, but be satisfied with what they can get from a proprietary platform.

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