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Unformatted text preview: AMERICAN STUDIES 5 (“Technology in U.S. Culture”) Growing a New Technoculture Fall 2009 Michael Smith Tues 6:00-9:00 2131 Hart Hall 206 Olsen [email protected] As a culture, we try to ignore it -- but global warming has become the issue of our time. Not only are many of our technologies no longer viable; even our idea of technology (what it’s for, how it should work) has to be reconceived. We don’t just need newly designed tools and gadgets; we need to generate an entirely new culture. Now. No extensions, no online term-paper writers to bail us out. There’s no question that it can be overwhelming. What we also need to keep in mind is that this is the most compelling invitation for unbridled creativity in modern history. Some of the work is technical. A great deal of it is cultural. All of us are good at something that must be imagined, and must be done. This course will do its part to help us hit the ground running. Our tasks will include: (a) an overview of global warming itself; (b) an examination of the broader cultural patterns underlying...
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This note was uploaded on 12/23/2009 for the course AMS AMS 005 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at UC Davis.
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