Future imperfect: the mixed blessings of technology in by Howard P. Segal

By Howard P. Segal

Those case reviews reassess the yankee ideology of technological development and its legacy for the modern high-tech global. Segal deals examples of the position of know-how in American existence and the connection among technological advances and social advancements.

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Four Technological Visions Reexamined 99 8 Edward Bellamy and Technology: Reconciling Centralization and Decentralization 101 9 The First Feminist Technological Utopia: Mary E. Bradley Lane's Mizora (1890) 117 10 Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano: An Ambiguous Technological Dystopia 126 11 Lewis Mumford's Alternatives to the Megamachine: Critical Utopianism, Regionalism, and Decentralization 147 Part Four. " As I was completing this book I received that unsolicited advice in, of all forms, a fortune cookie from a local Chinese restaurant.

For Jefferson and his contemporaries carefully distinguished manufacturing and commerce, which most of them favored, from cities, which most of them did not, given the known ills then plaguing the major English and continental European cities. 11 From 1830 to 1860 both Americans themselves and, as Fisher shows, their European visitors shared and appreciated this distinction between industries and cities. The initial success of Humphreysville, Lawrence, Waltham, and especially Lowell, plus other early factory communities set amid rural landscapes, seemed to confirm their faith that America could absorb and perhaps advance European industry and technology while avoiding Europe's crowded, diseased, and grimy city life.

14 The result of these technological advances was the reconceptualization of America as an open rather than a closed system. '' As America as a man-made rather than a natural utopia became a distinct prospect, the originally Puritan notion of America as the site of God's millennial kingdom, the notion examined with great subtlety by Bercovitch and Tichi, became partly secularized. Human beings, not God, would be primarily responsible for transforming America from a potential to an actual utopia.

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