This week’s articles are difficult. I will not apologize for that. You signed up for graduate school, after all! You are supposed to struggle with new ideas that are challenging to understand. Through that struggle, you learn. These articles present such ideas.
Ideas in these two articles sit at the core of changes occurring in democratic societies — which are, of course, bound up with the market economy, which is bound up with digital technologies.
Read both articles thoroughly. I expect you to look up and research ideas you are not familiar with — for example, historical materialism and technological determinism. You can’t really understand Söderberg’s article if you don’t know what those terms mean. So research them! Continue reading