Techno-identity: Who we are and how we perceive ourselves and others

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Defining a person through objects, in this case books. Image inspired by the work of Danah Boyd. See Assignment 8 in the Projects section. (Image by Keith McCluskey. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2002



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The nature of human identity - how we think of ourselves, how we perceive others - is a mutable concept, changing with the rise and fall of religious beliefs, social mores, philosophical theories. Today, we live in a world in which science and technology are among the most powerful forces reshaping our culture - and thus our definitions and perceptions of identity. In this seminar, we will examine the impact of science and technology on identity.

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Judith Donath. MAS.963 Techno-identity: Who we are and how we perceive ourselves and others. Spring 2002. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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