Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction to Technology
When you think of technology now, what comes to mind?
systems for organizing human endeavor, making it more ecient
systems for mediating human experience
Lecture 6 Notes:
culture: a rubric of our time, a mushy concept
cultural history:emerges in the late 1930s,
ciation pertains to the topic the culture
Arnoldian) sense of the term culture.
1939 meeting of the Nat
Lecture 3 Notes: Manufacturer Debate
distinction of use/misuse of the term technology
do you define a misuse/misusage?
verbal usage, meaning
It is a misusage to apply the term technology anachronisticall
1. logistics, class list, &c.
2. writing assignments: discussion of whats expected, reading two examples together to guide
3. further discussion of reading
4. return toWhite Noise
Lecture 4 Notes: The Economic
The problem of history
The heuristic for explaining this business of technology
Concepts have history, embedded in a culture
Fine arts vs. practical arts
arts traditionally the domain of
women, slaves, th
Lecture 7 Notes: The Factory System
Conference at the Dibner Institute this
past weekend on Reconceptualizing the Industrial Revolution Main emphasis (Castells, Mindell) the role of
the state much more conspicuously
present in sponsoring industrialization
Lecture 10 Notes: What made Technology Necessary
the newness of the device
the mystery to the victims (secrecy)
the persistence of the eects
no symbolism, no allegory
anticipation and promise dread
Lecture 8 Notes: Ecologic Crisis
Last day of class:
for lunch. Be prepared to
the central idea
George Katebs essay anticipates DeLillo:White Noiseas death fear, the
remaking of the world
as our answer to
Lecture 9 Notes Financial Professionalism
question is: For whom d
do we mean by
The way in h
a class? In what
sense are engineers a class?
they participate in production?
For Marx, a class :
What does Marxism contribute to our understanding of the circumstances that led to the n
for the concept of technology?
We need to be in
the habthinkingof historically. Our inquiry only makes sense if u
about it ov