The axes of the modern age
Jouhki, Jukka (2020). The axes of the modern age. Human Technology, 16 (1), 1-5. DOI: 10.17011/ht/urn.202002242160
Published inHuman Technology
©2020 Jukka Jouhki and the Open Science Centre, University of Jyväskylä
Adapting to new technologies often is a challenge to the hegemony of the experts mastered in the related older technology. In this editorial, the challenge that the smartphone and social media bring to an older and more prestigious technology—the book—and the literati is discussed. Recent technological changes and the associated social consequences are compared to a classical anthropological study about how the steel ax challenged and succeeded the stone ax but, in the process, changed the power balance and social norms in the Yir Yoront society, a hunter-gatherer aboriginal group in Australia.