Nuclear energy has become one of some major focuses of discourses around alternative energies (to oil). It was even mentioned several times in the presidential and vice presidential debates in the United States. In addition, nuclear technology has also gained a political importance and been discussed in relations with the world politics with its association with Iran and North Korea.
Since the days of Hiroshima and Chernobyl, so many images of atomic and nuclear explosions emerge in the media — news, movies, books, comics, etc. But, in reality, how much do we know about this technology? Aren’t our perceptions about this technology very much socially and politically constructed by media portrayal of it? How could we judge — protest and support — the establishment of this technology without having enough basic knowledge? Continue reading
Last Tuesday we talked about the politics of technology in my JUS 494 class. Just like my JUS 394 class last semester, I began this class, too, with endorsing the idea that technology is political — the politics are built into the design of the artifact. How? You can listen to my lecture, but ah, perhaps that’s really too much to do, it’s a long lecture. Just enjoy the slideshow then. Though without my lecture, the slideshow is barely understandable.
The first week of semester is almost passed and I survived the first week class of JUS 494: Science, Technology, and Inequality. I got 30 students filled all seats in my class (max 30) and still have some students emailed me asking for an override. We’ll see whether there’s any student who drop next week or not.
The first week is all about introduction. Introduction to the class, to the syllabus, to the teacher/professor, to the students, to all. Professor-students’ introduction part was quite fun. I got each of students in the class spoken about who she/he is, what she/he likes, and why she/he is in my class — all in less than one minute :). Continue reading