About the name of the blog

Do we need forks? is a name that reflects my philosophy about technology - the first question we should ask is "Do I NEED this?" Will it make my life and meaningful occupations easier, or better in some way?
As a student (first time around), I remember reading a scene from a play set in the 1600s, where French nobles were wondering what to do with a fork. The social context meant that forks were unnecessary. In that time, people would
bring a knife, use a spoon for liquids, and hands for everything else. In a different social context where people are concerned about hygiene, a fork seems relevant. Or you could just wash your hands really well before each meal.
This philosophy about technology relates well to frameworks of occupational therapy. We look at the person - do they really need this technology? - the occupation - how meaningful is this occupation and do they need technology to make it easier to participate in? - and the environment, which includes social factors - is this technology going to fit with their environment?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The End.

Well, that's the end of that.  I never ever wanted to write a blog that simply contains my thoughts on things, but I've learned a lot from doing this.

Thanks James for setting the questions.  The research aspect of it was useful because I found new websites and ideas I never normally would have gone trawling for.

It's a crazy world out there in cyberspace...thanks for the guidance.