""If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where BLACK MIRROR, my new drama series, is set". . . . on the dark side of our loveaffair with technology.
"It is a complex story that scientists are now constructing out of contributions (of many specialists)....The story hopes to explain how human beings came to have tools and the significance of that development. But there are many ways to explaining this."
A learning objective for these weekly readings is for participants to examine by asking questions, writing and posting to the internet their responses to: the several ways to define technology and defining explicit examples of five to ten devices that have altered economic, social, and political relations in the past.
means to comprehend the meaning, application, influences and origins of tools & tool-use. To better understand the connection among tools, technology & techniques these web pages are a good starting point to interpret the information in both the Postman and Pursell books.
means to list events in chronological order, create a recognizable order and comprehend the relation of inventors, to inventions, to uses and the characteristics of their society.
A page to summarize organization as part of CORE, is "Technology . . is like a puzzle" with many missing pieces.
A learning objective for these weekly readings is for participants to speak formally about how manufacturing emerged from hand work and in written and discursive dialog give over a dozen historical examples of key devices that form the basis of the industrial organization of society, emergence of a financial and commercial economy built on new dorms of capital and labor.
Means to apply the three facets of inventions to changing social conditions,and explain how the problems specific tools solved and created, also caused specific social responses to intended consequences. Be able to explain in writing how these social conditions blocked or facilitated the spread of one technology with respect to another.
The web page to start here is "Technology disturbs" because you need to understand that there are unintended consequences to the deployment of new technology.
One learning objective for these weekly readings is for participants is to present evidence from every author for or against C. P. Snow's claims and actively participate in a debate about how technology created or did not create a cultural divide that now hampers further progress.
Means to judge the effects of inventions on the intended & unintended consequences of electricity, chemistry, and electronics on social behavior and either the reinforcement or undermining of cultural norms.
How the windmill works to provide electrical current.