Chap_2-Volti

Chap_2-Volti - Chapter 2 STS 101 Technology and our Economy...

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Chapter 2 STS 101
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Technology and our Economy Traditionally, the concept of wealth centered around: Land (ie, natural resources) Labor, and Capital ($) But this view has altered, as the above factors have not changed (significantly), while our economy has grown. Question: How do we assess economic growth?
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Technology and Change Americans have viewed technological change (TC) as a less painful alternative than political or social change Using technology to fix what’s wrong Can you think of any examples where this has been done? Teenage Pregnancy Unmanned Bombers (droid planes) Any Others?
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Technology is (often) an inherently subversive process Technological change involves: Redistribution of wealth and income And the loss or modification of: Social roles Relationships Values Bottom Line: There can be no benefit without exacting a cost
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What kinds of people/societies are most vulnerable to disruption by TC? Traditional cultures (Yir Yoront) Traditional industries (like farming/fishing) Blue collar workers Anybody not conditioned to the idea that the world is constantly changing and that they must be willing to change
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Misuse of Technology In some cases technological “advancement” was touted as the reason for change The reality was that it was used to disrupt the controlling social order Ex: Pneumatic molding machines were used to eliminate skilled workers Is this being done today?
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Technology usurping older Technology History is full of older technology being replaced with newer technology This is what “progress” is all about- Right? Does this cause problems?
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Luddites
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The Luddite Problem was Complex Workers afraid of losing their jobs Unskilled labor replacing skilled laborers (for less $) Recent wars had depressed world economies Bad harvests – food cost more Solution for the Workers: Form trade unions Solution for industry : Execute the leaders and ship others to Australia
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Neo-Luddism If you do not use a computer or cell phone – are you a Neo-Luddite? Why would anyone want to be a Neo-Luddite? Is anyone actually a Luddite?
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Is there a middle
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Chap_2-Volti - Chapter 2 STS 101 Technology and our Economy...

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