Logistics : The Capital 's Art Of War Essays

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Logistics: the Capital’s Art of War

Technologies of all kinds, as artifacts and systems themselves, are often described as neutral entities, incapable of exerting any significant effects unless they have been graced with the human touch. Social influences are certainly strong factors to political leniencies of technology; however, to say that technology is indefinitely neutral is an uncritical and unrealistic claim. As Langdon Winner identifies in his writing, “Do Artifacts Have Politics?”, some technologies are “designed to produce a set of consequences prior to [their] professed uses” (Winner 125). They can embody specific forms of power and authority (121), with the potential to be both democratizing and destructive. An early technological medium, the radio, for example, enabled Hitler to transmit his catastrophic messages to mass audiences. Its novel and mystifying effects provided Hitler a God-like identity, giving him tremendous political power. It should be evident, then, that certain technologies are suitable for certain political agendas and relationships; while they have the potential to be used for democratic good, they can also be “used in ways that enhance the power, authority, and privilege of some over others”(125). The privilege, unfortunately, often falls onto already dominant individuals, furthering social and political asymmetries. In addition to political agendas enabled by technologies, Winner provides an extreme claim: some technologies are…

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