The Hammer

The Hammer
Randall Schreck
June 14, 2013
Grantham University

  PhD Sclove does have a point to be made in his writings titled "I'd hammer out freedom". The
process of technological innovation has benefitted the world greatly, but I believe, Mr. Sclove
was attempting to influence us, the readers, to understand technology's influence on society;
How it effects our everyday lives, even though we may not see or comprehend it. Even though
you may not see it, we do have a relationship with technology, (sclove, 1995) and in my opinion,  
have somewhat become dependent on the rewards of it. i.e. be able to learn from this class. Of
course, not only can this positive, it can also be negative, as I will explain later.

  The true definition of polypotency, is being "potent in many ways". (, 2013)
Within the reading , this terms is used to describe technology's role with our society. Again all
Mr. Sclove was attempting to was inform people they should understand how technology effects
our lives.

  I also understand Mr. Sclove's article as wanting us to understand the social structure and how
complex it can be. Technology can have a positive or negative effect.   For example, we might
meet a new friend on the internet and grow a healthy long distance communication relationship.
This same technology could be the avenue by which the   same people don't communicate
anymore because of a "parting of the ways".

  Mr. Sclove uses an ordinary hammer as his example. The hammer can do many things. Not
only does it "drive nails", it can also pull them out. Technology is becoming more   effective and
efficient due to consumer demands. There is also a device on the market, that drives the nails for
you, with   little or no   effort. Technology upgrades could, one day, make it so 1 device does all
the work of 7. A video game player is another example. Not only does it run video games, they
can access the internet and also play...