Classic Readings in Technology and Society

This list (also available in pdf) identifies literature about technology and society that CITS faculty consider classic or timeless works. The list is recommended to graduate students and other scholars interested in multi-disciplinary perspectives on the study of technology and society.
Faculty contributing to the list are: Bruce Bimber (Political Science), Andrew Flanagin (Communication), Patrick McCray (History), Lisa Parks (Film & Media Studies), Rita Raley (English), Ron Rice (Communication), and Matthew Turk (Computer Science and Media Arts & Technology). 

Abbate, J. (1999). Inventing the Internet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Barabasi, A-L. (2003). Linked. New York: Penguin.

Barbrook, R. & Cameron, A. (1996). The Californian ideology. Science as Culture, 6(1), 44-72.

Bell, D. (1973). The coming of the post-industrial society. New York: Basic Books.

Beniger, J. R. (1986). The control revolution: Technological and economic origins of the information society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Benkler, Y. (2006). The wealth of networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Bijker, W, et al. (1987). The social construction of technological systems: New directions in the sociology and history of Technology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Bush, V. (1945). As we may think. The Atlantic Magazine, 176(1), 101-108.

Castells, M. (2009). Communication power. New York: Oxford University Press.

Christensen, C. (1997). The innovator’s dilemma: when new technologies cause great firms to fail. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Engelbart, D. (1962). Selections from Augmenting human intellect: A conceptual framework. In N. Montfort and N. Wardrip-Fruin, Eds. The new media reader. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ensmenger, N. (2012). The digital construction of technology: Rethinking the history of computers in society. Technology and Culture, 53, 753-776.

Foucault, M. (1995). Discipline and Punish, Part Three, Chapter Three - Panopticism. New York: Vintage Books.

Fulk, J. & Steinfield, C. (Eds.) (1990) Organizations and communication technology. Newbury Hills, CA: Sage.

Gitelman, L. (2006). Always already new: Media, history, and the data of culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Haraway,D.  (1985). Manifesto for cyborgs: Science, technology and socialist feminism in the 1980s. Socialist Review, 15(2), 65–107. (Reprinted in revised form as ‘A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-feminism in the Late Twentieth Century’, pp. 149–81 in Simians, cyborgs, and women: The reinvention of nature. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Heidegger, M. (1982) The question concerning technology.  In The question concerning technology and other essays by Martin Heidegger (W. Lovit, Trans., pp. 3-35). New York: Harper.

Hiltz, S.R. & Turoff, M. (1978). The network nation.  Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley.

Katz, J. E. & Rice, R. E. (2002).  Social consequences of Internet use: Access, involvement and interaction.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Kay, A. & Goldberg, A. (1977). Personal dynamics media. Computer, 10(3), 31-41.

Kelty, C. M. (2008). Two bits: The cultural significance of free software. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Lessig, L. (2006). Code: Version 2.0. New York: Basic Books.

Licklider, J. C. R. (1960). Man-computer symbiosis. IRE Transactions on Human Factors in Electronics HFE-1(1), 4-11.

McLuhan, M. (1964). Understanding media: The extensions of man. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Medina, E. (2011). Cybernetic revolutionaries: Technology and politics in Allende’s Chile. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Pinch, T. (2003). How users matter: The co-construction of users and technology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Postman, N. (1993). Technopoly: The surrender of culture to technology. New York: Vintage Books.

Rheingold, H. (1993/2000). The virtual community. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Smith, M. & Marx, L. (Eds.)(1994). Does technology drive history? The dilemma of technological determinism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Suchman, L. (2006). Human-machine reconfigurations: Plans and situated actions, 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sunstein, C. R. (2006). Infotopia: How many minds produce knowledge. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tufte, E. R. (1983/2001). The visual display of quantitative information (1st and 2nd Editions). Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

Turkle, S. (1984).  The second self. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Turkle, S. (2011). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York: Basic Books.

Turner, F. (2006). From counterculture to cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the whole earth network, and the rise of digital utopianism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Weaver, W. (1949).Some recent contributions to the mathematical theory of communication. In Claude E. Shannon & Warren Weaver, Eds. The mathematical theory of communication.  Champaign-Urbana: The University of Illinois Press.

Winner, L. (1986). The whale and the reactor: A search for limits in an age of hightechnology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


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