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Technology and Popular culture: The narrative of Progress and Nationalism 1 Friday, September 30, 11
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Outline The concept of Progress Technology on Display Museums and display The Great Exhibition Images of Progress Association technology with progress and manifest destiny in the U.S. Science Fiction and Technology Hopes and fears Nationalism 2 Friday, September 30, 11
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Progress as an enlightenment idea The Enlightenment, late 17th century to end of the 18th century. Intellectual culture strongly inFuenced by rationalism and Baconian natural philosophy. Associated with the mathematization of natural investigation and the application of reason to all aspects of life, particularly political and social problems. Renaissance scholars saw themselves as attempting to regain the glories of Ancient Greece and Rome. Enlightenment scholars believed they had surpassed the Ancients and had a reached a new, more perfect social, political, and intellectual age. Saw history as a building up to them. “If I see a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” –– Isaac Newton Also believed that Enlightenment ideals would inevitably lead to the creation of a better world. A better world being de±ned as one that was more aligned with western rationalist ideals Science and technology are taken as important visible signs of progress because ‘moral and social betterment’ is hard to measure 3 Friday, September 30, 11
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