“(Auto)mobility, Accidents, and Danger”

  “(Auto)mobility, Accidents, and Danger,” Technology and Culture             The format of this issue is different in that it starts out with the presentation of a simplistic framework proposed by Peter Norton, and the articles that follow employ that framework and the questions it urges, showing how it does and does not fit into much more … More “(Auto)mobility, Accidents, and Danger”

“Shifting Gears”

  “Shifting Gears,” Technology and Culture          Unsophisticated logic and a lack of in-depth thinking about technological advancement leads to the belief — held by many, I’ve learned in my brief tenure as Dr. Heyck’s teaching assistant — that decisions about what technologies will be adopted are based on that technology’s efficiency, the improvement it offers, … More “Shifting Gears”

The People’s Car

The People’s Car: A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle, Bernhard Rieger          As someone quite illiterate insofar as the history of technology is concerned, I thought this book did an excellent job of elucidating through example just how ingrained in a society’s beliefs, prejudices, and self-perceptions technologies are, and equally important, how easily the same … More The People’s Car