not the tool its the context of how
technology affects our behavior and thus
the way we organize our lives.
other invention which played a crucial part in the development of railroads
as a transport system was the electric telegraph"
evident in American manufactures, especially in firearms parts which
in 1820s were characterized by interchangeable components or
This was extended
to steel making and machine tools.
technology can never be adequately understood in terms
of machines and techniques alone. There were consequences we still experience
as loss of control.
The railroad became
a public symbol of what nineteenth century technology was doing in the
world, many other artifacts had a private symbolism...
The engine was being
presented as the most telling 'sign' of modern life. It was "the
controlling symbol for a new kind of culture."
Pacey p. 108-167