Look here for the text of the syllabus as handed out.
University Scholars 203 Technology and American Frontiers: an exploration of resources ...each technology is an extension of human lives: someone makes it, someone owns it, some oppose it, many use it, and all interpret it. (David E. Nye, Electrifying America preface)
Cook barbed wire site at U. Va. check it out as an example of a project!!
Links to readings on Frontiers for 22 Jan meeting, and to the online forum
Some thoughts on web pages as hypertext commonplace books and comments on evaluation
Some Archy and Mehitabel links
An excursion on agricultural history prompted by reading Turner, and another on (well, starting from...) Hannibal MO which then leads on to ruminations on Americans and Technology and several texts on Luddites. Are we at a new point? See what Jerry Mander has to say, and compare with David Nye .
A weblet more or less centered on utopia and following various weekend thoughts. And Buckminster Fuller as an exemplary utopian. Another example is Scott Nearing , and in some respects the daddy of it all is Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1887 . Another vision is Gandhi's
The stuff I'm working on is silicon
Some materials on manufacturing, enterprises and industries . Read 3 short texts ...and oh by the way the journal Technology and Culture is now available in full text (though only the most recent issues).
Looking ahead a bit: we'll consider steam , electricity , Fordism and 20th century industry in the first week of March, probably work on computers next, and then explore some technology-and-labor issues after that.
Computers: here's my summary
weblet and links to historically important articles by Vannevar
Bush and J.C.R.
Licklider . Another interesting source is Bowker's
review article on some recent literature of cyberspace. (Please read
AT LEAST parts 6-8 of Bush, and the first Licklider source) and if your
taste runs to Stephen King, check out the short story (fable/parable)
Stops , by EM Forster (1928 --but absolutely up to date in some respects).
These links provide background to the genesis of this course:
running log of ruminations and links
course proposal for Technology and American Frontiers: an exploration of resources
overall scheme (August summary), and a December addendum
materials for a presentation to the Virginia Collegiate Honors Council (September 19)