As in “positive psychology” and the problem-oriented approach in traditional psychology, similarly, other applied areas including activism have been problem-focused. The problem with traditional activism is that it works similar to the media where it attracts attention to the problems and the negative aspects of the world. As a result, this constant exposure to bad news and stories can play a significant role in making people either emotionally-charged or apathy and numb. This could also affect activists and cause psychological problems such as secondary trauma stress disorder (STSD).
In his article (1966), Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?, Alvin Weinberg introduced the term technological fix to the lexicon of technology (and HCI). Weinberg remarked that although social problems are much more complex than technological problems, however, technological fixes can be applied to tackle or at least reduce social problems. To illustrate this, he discussed two examples of social problems, Continue reading “Is technology the answer?”→
In his book “A Primer in Positive Psychology“, Christopher Peterson observed that since World War II and for 60 years now, psychology has worked with the “disease model” focusing on human problems . He remarked that this focus has yielded remarkable achievements in this field. For instance, 60 years ago, it was not possible to treat disorders, but now 14 disorders are treatable and 2 of which are curable. However, this focus, according to Peterson, lacks balance for three reasons. Continue reading “If you are excellent, see a psychologist”→
In the past few years, more citizens have opted for the online platforms where they can be active members in changing their cultures and communities. Activists, in particular, have seized this opportunity to practice their activism online, in order to have their voices heard and to reach a wider range of the society. However, Although online activism might have been legitimate in some cases, it is forbidden in others. The digital world is not as a universally free space as we might think. For instance, in Saudi Arabia, expressing one’s beliefs and calling for freedom of religions might not only be deemed as disturbing culture and religion but also considered as a criminal offence.
In this blog post, I will briefly discuss the topic of social justice and technological design. Then I will explain the role of social justice in my research. Finally, I will provide some insights and takeaway notes from the workshop.