Kõigepealt selgitus – õigustus! – selle teksti siia lisamiseks, sest võib olla ei peaks see siia lehele mahtuma. Kes teab. Üldiselt hoidun hoolega siin kajastatavate valdkondade piire ületamast. Aga Gerard Delanty on üks autoritest, kes on uurinud ka organisatsiooni ja turvalisuse aspektidest väga olulisi valdkondi. Siit on leitav üks nö vabalevis olev tekst, kus käsitletakse pandeemia perspektiivist ka turvalisusest mõtlemiseks vajalikke perspektiive.

Aga siinjagatav põhitekst puudutab kriitilist teooriat, mis pealtnäha võib jääda väljapoole selle kodulehe peateemasid, kuid selline vaade on sügavalt ekslik nii nagu politsei kujutlemine ainult seoses turvalisusega või organisatsioonide pelgalt instrumentaalne käsitlemine.
Kohe esimeste lausetega “juhatatakse lainele”:

The critical theory of the early Frankfurt School offers one of the most important engagements with technology in modern thought. This paper revisits this rich scholarship to assess current developments in technology.

Uurimustöö keskseks ülesandeks seatakse:

Instead, our strategy is to re-approach the question of technology through the more general framework of critical theory, rather than specifically taking that tradition’s own account of technology as the principal basis. […] The central question, then, that this paper is addressed to is: how should technology be understood when viewed through the lens of critical theory?

Varasemad mõtted tehnoloogia arengutest:

Frankfurt School scholars were primarily critical of the association of technological advancement with progress and, unlike the conservative critique of technology, they saw a close connection between technology and capitalism. Moreover, there is no indication of nostalgia for a pre-technological past in the Frankfurt School texts.

Ja nüüd …

It is clearly necessary for critical theory to take a new look at technology, which is part of the fabric of social life and constitutive of the ontology of the social (see Lawson, 2018). Two possible options can be identified before moving to an alternative. The first is to try to rescue the theory of technology contained in the writings of the first generation of the Frankfurt School and to apply it to developments of the present day […] One major limitation of critical theory’s own account of technology is that it operates with the notion of technology as Technik.

Immanentne kriitika …

Critical theory’s commitment to immanent-transcendence precipitates a particular form of social critique: immanent-critique. […] Immanent critique is thus based on the analysis of deep potentialities and social learning processes borne out of subjects’ anxious drive to transcend disquieting contradictions (Honneth, 2014: 686–90).

Siit üks selgitav tsitaat immanentse kriitika kohta hoopis teisest allikast:

Ja tagasi artikli juurde:

A central task for a contemporary critical theory of technology would be to adequately situate technology within the present social totality.

Kokkuvõttes leiavad autorid muuhulgas:

as argued throughout the above, the theoretical infrastructure provided by first-generation critical theory has not lost its potency and, if anything, has become more relevant. The focus on identifying latent potentials for transcendence within the immanent social world offers a plethora of productive avenues for future research. A critical theory of technology, built using the methodologies provided by Frankfurt School theorists, could provide a different and much needed critical account and, as such, serve as a substantial contribution to the broader theoretical literature.

Delanty, G., & Harris, N. (2021). Critical theory and the question of technology: The Frankfurt School revisited. Thesis Eleven, 07255136211002055