In addition to Advertising, one way that technology has shaped and determined aspects of our identity is through Popular Culture.
Popular Culture can be defined generally as the set of practices, beliefs, and objects that embody the most broadly shared meanings of a social system. It includes media objects, modes of entertainment, forms of leisure activities, fashion, and other more transitory fads. Often aspects of Popular Culture manifest themselves in our language. For example, we now “text” people instead of “call” them. If we do “call” them, we still “dial” our phone. Surely, in this instance, our common language has been shaped by our technology.
Photography, as a kind of technology and a language in a way, has developed a lot in history. Please look at how its portrayal and inclusion in Popular Culture have contributed to our shared meaning and cultural identity.
Regarding photography, how have media objects, modes of entertainment, fashion, and/or fads contributed to a sense of identity and connection with our technology? What kinds of identity or identities have resulted from this connection with modern technology? How do we see ourselves as a result?