Write an essay that investigates a technology in either Iain M.
Banks’ The Player of Games or Octavia Butler’s short story
collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories. If you work with
Butler, you are encouraged to relate at least two stories and
to consider at least one of her essays. Your essay should
pose and answer a research question... Overall, your essay should make an argument for how to understand the specific representation of technology in the work in terms
of the late twentieth- or early twenty-first century. The novel or stories should be the main focus of this
argument. In order to develop a meaningful analysis, you will need to carefully analyze the novel or
stories and you will need to research your chosen technology (or its broader context)...
...Do some research using the VIU Library databases. As you search for scholarly sources, you may want to narrow your topic or shift it slightly. In general, keep an eye out for how other researchers have approached the topic. What questions have they asked? What examples do they focus on? You don’t want to exactly replicate one of your sources, but you might want to apply it to a new example, or relate two sources, and so on. Let the sources that you find modify the question that you are posing.
...Ask yourself whether your question is realistic. Is it answerable? Is the scope too large or too narrow? If it isn’t answerable, then revise the question to ask it in a way that can be reasonably argued. Pose “why” or “how” questions to ensure that the answer to your question isn’t simply factual.
Theory and Technology
Choose one of the following theories about technology...
• Technology and society
• Technology as ideology
• Donna Haraway and the cyborg
• Actor Network Theory (ANT)
• Technology as materiality of power
• Subjectivity and technology.
...at least three scholarly articles or book chapters and additional varied sources.
Using the INTR 101 Library activity form, or the prompts and examples below, think of words and phrases that describe your chosen technology, and also the theory that you'd like to relate to it.
|Oryx and Crake||GMO's||technology as materiality of power|
|Banks, The Player of Games||Drones||Haraway and the cyborg|
|Butler, "The Evening, the Morning, and the Night"||Biopharmaceuticals||subjectivity and technology|
Try combining words and phrases that represent your key concepts to look for information in these databases:
Limit search results to the kind of information that you need. For example:
Use interesting sources to find more useful sources...
From Google image search:
The news article makes reference to a study: "findings were detailed today (May 20) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
The journal article is available in the Library!
What sources can we trace from this article?
"...'The whole debate has gotten so very, very polarized,' says Glenn Stone, an anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, who has written extensively about GM..."
What can writing can we find by this scholar?