Through reading Caroline Sanders "In Defense of Useful Art", I discovered that technology in modern times are often times tied with arts and design. Useful art could also be related with society and people who live in it. Artists help creating art that promotes a certain feeling or designing some thing that motivates certain actions and ideologies. I see that arts and design are not simply limited to visual or aesthetic aspects, they could also contribute to our intellectual and spiritual practices in society and community.
These two readings offer me an insight of how divination relates to information technology and similar practices. Personally I have never relate divination and prayer practices to the concept of modern technology because I interpret them as particularly traditional and conventional topics. The readings, however, introduced me with a broader view of how divination is not limited to traditional, but can also be related with digital technology, thus bringing the spirits and practices to an unseen new level.
Divination and such are usually based on careful observations and intricate calculations. But there is something in our modern day that can do this task better than our brain, which is computer. The symbols and signs can also be refitted and redesigned on the computer things to give us a brand new perspective.
Figures of white people were used primarily as the standard commercial or experimental images around the time filter-cameras were first brought to the world. Personally I have also wondered if this is a direct result of racial biases and discrimination. As I study more about this I figured that the reason behind this is that as the newer technology were being introduced to the world decades ago, the places of origin or invention were primarily in the western developed nations, and it would make sense to have white people figures as the standard commercial figures since there were not much internationalization taking place comparing to the modern time society.
As the modern world progresses with better inclusiveness for all kinds of people around the globe, products are expected to be follow up with the concept of internationalization and inclusiveness, meaning to develop technologies that are more suitable to various groups of people. There was also an unsure rumor taking place in China many years ago which said that the reason why Chinese made phones are more welcome in Africa region is not only because the price-tags, but also because of the phones' capability to recognize people's face with darker skin tones, comparing to other competing brands.