introduces the main theoretical debates concerning the nature of technology. In particular, he contrasts a â€œrealistâ€ approach to technology with â€œsocial constructivism.â€
In this response, please address the following questions:
- What is â€œcontextual realism,â€ according to Brey. How does the example of Long Island bridges illustrate this concept?
- What is â€œsocial constructivismâ€? How does the example of the Victorian hallway bench illustrate the social construction of an objectâ€™s meaning?
- Can you apply these concepts to your smartphone? Which features and/or uses of your phone are determined by your phoneâ€™s physical design (realist)? Which features and/uses of your phone are determined (social constructed) by users like you?