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    Older People, Technology and Cortesia Older People, Technology and Cortesia Presentation Transcript

    • Older People, Technologies, and “Cortesia” EMILIO MORDINI - CSSC VALUE AGEING SEMINAR BELFAST , 20 MARCH 2012
    • The Human Right Sublime Architecture
    • Little, humble, grain of sandLife is made by small things,bricks that day by day createthe architecture of one’s life.Quality of life relies more onthose small, humble, stones,grains of sand, than onflamboyant arches and vaultsTruly these stones are thescandal, the stumbling blocks,which unmask all tonitruantstatements about humandignity
    • Cortesia – CourtoisieThere is word which ishardly translatable inEnglish, which is theFrench word “courtoisie”.(Ital. and Span. “cortesia”)It is not courtesy, but itincludes several differentnotions.It comes from court,literally it means thequality of living in a court
    • Langue d’OcAn ideal of aristocraticlife, a theory about love,a code of social conductMizura (measure, ratio,harmony, timing,opportunity, sense oflimit)
    • CorteziaA lifestyle and a moral elegance, politeness of conduct and spirit based on generosity, loyalty, hospitality, discretion, which manifests itself in kindness, well ordered life, wisdom, graciousness, humility, but also by desire for fame, liberality, refusal of lies, of envy, of cowardice.
    • Cortesia as,SOCIAL NORM - rules aboutsocial roles and relationshipsamong them, code of socialconduct, “instruction” aboutthe tribute to provide toindividualsRESPECT FOR PEOPLE –how one can be kind, warm,welcoming in an actualcontext with actual peopleCOMMUNICATION CODE -politeness, etiquette,pragmatic code, in essencelinguistic
    • Why older people are to be treated by “cortesia”? BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMANS – cortesia is the essential quality that should rule all human relations, quite independently from any further distinction – also enemies should be always treated with cortesia (which is not love) BECAUSE THEY ARE FRAIL – the more someone is weak the more one should be protected by cortesia rules. Cortesia aims to prevent harm, offenses. The more one is easy to be harmed, the more she should be treated with cortesia
    • “Cortesi” Technologies (cortesia by design)1. Technology is not just the devise or the system, technology is the devise + its operational procedures. One can understand the social impact of a given technology only to the extent one understand technology and operational procedures as a whole
    • “Cortesi” Technologies (cortesia by design)1. Technology is not just the devise or the system, technology is the devise + its operational procedures. One can understand the social impact of a given technology only to the extent one understand technology and operational procedures as a whole
    • “Cortesi” Technologies (cortesia by design)2. Technology should be harmonic, and should imply harmonic operational procedures. Ugly objects which oblige to bad manners, disharmonic, vulgar, violent, or rude gestures, are hardly “cortesi” . Liberal arts are essential to technologists.
    • “Cortesi” Technologies (cortesia by design)3. Technology should be welcoming, one should never feel himself stupid, ridiculous, unable, handicapped because of a technology
    • “Cortesi” Technologies (cortesia by design)4. Technology should be respect social roles, paying the right tribute to each one. Yet the more the expected user is weak, the more a given technology should deserve her careful attention, like a “cortese” house owner who deserves most attention to the most humble guest. Vulgar people deserve their attention only to the king and despise the poor.
    • “Cortesi” Technologies (cortesia by design)5. Technology is cortese as far as respect intimacy, confidentiality, social, personal, and physical distances and boundaries. It is cortese as far as it does not betray trust
    • Conclusions