Social Informatics: Paradoxical Effects of ICT Use


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In the article “Social Informatics: Overview, Principles and Opportunities,” Steve Sawyer describes five common findings of social informatics research.

Find an article in a newspaper, magazine, or online that illustrates one of these five findings. Write two paragraphs describing why you feel the article is a good example of the common research finding. Attach either a link or a PDF of the article to your homework submission. 

You also need to bring the article you find to your discussion section next week and be prepared to talk about its relationship to one of Sawyer’s findings. 


Social Informatics: Paradoxical Effects of ICT Use

One of the findings of the article by Sawyer is that uses of ICT have led to multiple, sometimes paradoxical outcomes (11). There are many newspaper articles, magazine commentaries, and online publications that have addressed this theme. The newspaper article that was singled out for analysis in this paper was published in Huffington Post on July 9, 2015, and it examines how ICT uses have led a paradoxical economy characterized by rising automation, slowing productivity, and reduction in employees’ basic income (Santens, Huffington Post).


According to Sawyer, the paradoxical effects of ICT occur because the effects of its use usually spread out to a large section of the population via the social-technical links that are created by the context of use (11). Thus, it becomes difficult for an all-encompassing outcome to be achieved. For example, some musicians have benefited from peer-to-peer file sharing technology while others have been hurt by it. A comparable phenomenon is described in the Huffington Post article, whereby ICT use has been advantageous on the one hand due to rising automation and disadvantageous on the other due to slowing productivity and reduced basic income for workers (Santens, Huffington Post). The number of people in the United States who are not working has hit low levels that were last seen 38 years ago, and this situation is blamed on the adoption of technology in the workplace. Human labor has been replaced by hardware and software. The outcome of this phenomenon is that employers have become more profitable while many workers have been fired from their long-cherished jobs. This paradox is manifested by the very purpose of technology, which is to allow companies do more work with less human capital. In conclusion, the first finding of Sawyer’s article in regards to the paradoxical effects of ICT use is a good example of common research findings that have been reported in other publications.

Works Cited

Santens, Scott. Our Paradoxical Economy Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income. Huffington Post, July 9, 2015. Web.

Sawyer, Steve. “Social Informatics: Overview, Principles and Opportunities.” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 31.5 (2005): 9-12.

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