(updated 24 Jan. 2014)


Leonardo to the Internet:

Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present

Thomas J. Misa

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011; 2nd edition
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Chapter 10. The Question of Technology

Locate instances of the (rival) McKibben/Berry and Brand/Gilder/Kurzweil views on technology.  How does this book critique or challenge these authors?

"Science owes more to the steam engine than the steam engine owes to science."(*)  Explain why this observation is important for science-policy makers and citizens today
Compare technologies that had clear economic effects with ones that had stronger cultural or political effects.

Identify 2-3 technologies of European integration (chapters 8 and 10) and discuss their political and cultural effects on "Europe" and the world.
Were technologies of empire "neutral tools"(*)? How did these technologies change the colonized country . . . how did they change the imperialist countries?
Discuss Misa's concepts for technology and culture.  Define and discuss each concept. Can you identify a good example that illustrates it? 
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Suggest YOUR OWN QUESTION about the "big picture" of technology and culture:

Discuss the contemporary challenges of [a] sustainability, [b] security, [c] privacy, or [d] poverty.  Is it possible to identify a "technology-free" solution?

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