Wikipedia defines technological determinism as “a reductionist theory that presumes that a society’s technology drives the development of its social structure and cultural values.” The article “Digital Habitus”, by Steve Wheelers, defines cultural capital as “the human assets each of us owns, including our intellect, personal navigation of society and its artifacts, our cultural awareness (….) the accretion of all that has been learnt through immersion within a specific culture”.
These two concepts presented themselves via my University studies this year. My interpretation simplifies the statements as: one concept states that technology influences a culture, and the other concept states that culture determines it own values through experience. If my interpretation is correct, then I believe them to be both right. To assume so, means that one has to consider technological determinism in the digital age. The concept has been argued, defined, and produced variations of, since the 1880’s (relatively the same time as another form of communication was invented—the telephone—give or take a decade). Synchronicity, I suppose, as now in good ol’ contemporary 2015 (give or take another decade), social media is changing society by continuing to offer new modes of communication (Facebook in 2004, and Then twitter in 2006, etc.).
Communication and community both originate from the latin term “commūnicāre”, which means to share. In most cultures, sharing is a valued aspect that continually grows, and is specific to need. Therefore, if a culture values efficiency of communication, than the culture will also value technology that enables communication.
Both part of a loop, one existing because of the other.