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Technological Constructions of Reality: An Ontological Perspective
Unformatted Document Text:  Running Head: TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY synaesthesia where it orients the senses to “an experience of undifferentiated timelessness” (p. 9). The abstraction of time also affects physical proximity and conception of space. When interacting with communicative technologies like the Internet a social reality is conveyed through instantaneous communication media like instant messenger, hyperlinks, and pop-ups. Individuals can contact one another despite geographic location (so long as they have Internet or telephone access) and limitations on amount of time to send/receive a message or time of day to send/receive a message. The freedom from temporal/spatial limitations not only applies to new technologies involving computers but also new technologies involving mobile technology as well. Through text messaging, cellular Internet access, and cellular instant messaging, mobile technologies also create another realm where time and space restrictions do not apply. The fundamental components of a technological ontological construction are: 1) instant technology and hypermedia eliminate the restrictions of time and space on communication; 2) the pervasiveness of hypermediated technology effects perceptions of reality as having the same characteristics; and 3) because of this pervasiveness these characteristics are then transposed onto relationships with both technology and people, in turn affecting reality construction. In essence, the technology shapes the perception of reality through technological dependency. The first component, the elimination of time and space restrictions, occurs through interaction with hypermediated technologies as explained above. The second component is that through the pervasiveness of hypermediated technology, perceptions of reality are seen as having the same characteristics. When individuals engage in usage of hypermediated technology they extend the same characteristics of no time/space limitation to other aspects of their daily lives. Time is now viewed from a polychronic mindset where communication is not merely transactional but multi- transactional between multiple parties simultaneously while geographically dispersed over 17

Authors: Vincent, Cindy.
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Running Head: TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY
synaesthesia where it orients the senses to “an experience of undifferentiated timelessness” (p. 
9).  The abstraction of time also affects physical proximity and conception of space.  When 
interacting with communicative technologies like the Internet a social reality is conveyed 
through instantaneous communication media like instant messenger, hyperlinks, and pop-ups. 
Individuals can contact one another despite geographic location (so long as they have Internet or 
telephone access) and limitations on amount of time to send/receive a message or time of day to 
send/receive a message.  The freedom from temporal/spatial limitations not only applies to new 
technologies involving computers but also new technologies involving mobile technology as 
well.  Through text messaging, cellular Internet access, and cellular instant messaging, mobile 
technologies also create another realm where time and space restrictions do not apply. 
The fundamental components of a technological ontological construction are: 1) instant 
technology and hypermedia eliminate the restrictions of time and space on communication; 2) 
the pervasiveness of hypermediated technology effects perceptions of reality as having the same 
characteristics; and 3) because of this pervasiveness these characteristics are then transposed 
onto relationships with both technology and people, in turn affecting reality construction.  In 
essence, the technology shapes the perception of reality through technological dependency.  The 
first component, the elimination of time and space restrictions, occurs through interaction with 
hypermediated technologies as explained above.  The second component is that through the 
pervasiveness of hypermediated technology, perceptions of reality are seen as having the same 
characteristics.  When individuals engage in usage of hypermediated technology they extend the 
same characteristics of no time/space limitation to other aspects of their daily lives.  Time is now 
viewed from a polychronic mindset where communication is not merely transactional but multi-
transactional between multiple parties simultaneously while geographically dispersed over 
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