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There, yet Not There: Human Relationships with Technology

Journal of Learning Design Volume 3, Number 2, ISSN 1832-8342


There is a "reality" to being online which we know to be false. We are simultaneously "there" but "not there" as we talk, work and play with others in online spaces. We move between physical and virtual spaces in ways that realise the predictions made for computers in the mid-20th Century and enact scenarios from science fiction. We are left wondering if our thoughts--through our disembodied selves--have become a "second self" or if we have become part of the machine itself. Information and communication technology (ICT) have brought differing human and technological agencies to all aspects of contemporary life including teaching and learning. This paper attempts to identify and categorise these agencies through the genres of technics and to illustrate them--and our relationships with technology--through reference to philosophy, fiction and reality. It also stands as an introduction to this special issue on the agency of technology. (Contains 10 figures.)


Lloyd, M. (2010). There, yet Not There: Human Relationships with Technology. Journal of Learning Design, 3(2), 1-13. Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .

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