Introduction to Computing

“An actant in modern computing does not act in isolation.” Discuss.

To achieve this:

Select TWO computing news stories of your choice, published anytime between 01/09/2015 and 01/02/2016. Analyse these using Actor Network Theory.

Your analysis should be written as an essay, and include the following points:

Describe why Actor Network Theory is a relevant theory for studying computing.

Name and categorise the actants in your stories. Describe how they are “acting” in the assemblage.

Discuss how these actions can enhance management functions.

Outline what larger issues/questions these actions raise. To achieve this, compare and contrast the viewpoints of a range of theorists and critics explored throughout the module.

Conclude by summarising how your answers relate to the statement “An actant in modern computing does not act in isolation.