Sure. For context: I teach an undergrad elective called makerlab. It’s a beginner course.
Class time is a hands-on introduction to the maker movement. We start with small exercises and work toward individual projects that students will either sell or exhibit at an end-of-semester holiday bazaar. The hands on part is mostly about teaching confidence, creative practice, collaboration, and project management.
This semester I added a weekly writing component for homework. For the writing assignments, they research things like “CS for ALL,” “What are Makerspaces?” stuff like that. The writing part of the course is meant to teach them the big picture stuff about the maker movement.
In one writing assignment, I focused on tech crit. I included Evgeny Morozov’s 2014 piece in the New Yorker “Making It: pick up a spot welder and join the revolution” which might fall into the Neil Postman camp of techno-criticisim (amusing ourselves to death). And then I included Leah Buechley’s gender/diversity crit of the movement “Thinking About Making.”
WHY did I do this? Because if we are in a new industrial revolution (or some kind of tech revolution), then understanding techno crit is important lest we repeat the mistakes we made in the 20th century with tech: environmental exploitation, poor treatment of labor, economic models that lead to income disparity, gender and diversity problems in tech. Stuff like that. I know these are big topics but my gut tells me that it’s important to address them in the makerspace and not in some external ethics course tucked away in a philosophy department.
All of this said, I haven’t seen much integration like this Things that come close might be digital humanities. Or work by Lauren McCarthy. Her art explores criticism to some extent. Or danah boyd or Douglass Rushkoff. All tech enthusiasts/skeptics.
In the end, I am looking for peers who want to talk about how to integrate tech crit with tech edu.