Assignment 6 – Control or Controlling

Fisher, Franklin and other teachers of accounting suggested that the technology of accounting could help readers gain control their lives. Thompson by contrast suggested that new technologies led to people having their lives controlled. (When he noted that “The small instrument which regulated the new rhythms of industrial life …was not only useful; it conferred prestige upon its owner, and a man might be willing to stretch his resources to obtain one” [p70], he might have been talking about the cell phone.) Again, while many suggest that communications technology is liberating, George suggested that it was primarily used to control access to information and other people’s lives. Are these two visions (one of increasing freedom, the other of increasing control) compatible? Use the readings and, if you wish, some modern technology to make your case.

Due: 3/3, 5:00 PM. Submit answer on bSpace assignment page.

For questions about the length or style of the essay, review the assignment guidelines.
  • answer the questions (a page or less)
  • provide citations (page numbers are fine if you’re referencing an assigned reading)
  • proofread your answer