Society and Technological Change Paperback – Jan 1995
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I don't know why teachers pick such boring books to educate students...we simply loose interest!
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The recent text by Bauchspies, Croissant, and Restivo [Science, Technology, and Society (Blackwell, 2006) provides a much better foundation in the key intellectual issues for STS.
The Marcus and Segal text [Technology in America (Harcourt Brace Javanovich, 1989) provides an excellent historical overview--including a periodization that helps students grasp the way technology and society interact and shape our lives.
The book is well researched and well written. Some may argue that the book lacks depth, but for my purposes, I appreciate the book's breadth versus depth compromise. I was wonderfully pleased to find a book that actually met the expectations I formed as a I perused its table of contents.
It is true that the book could be organized differently, but I didn't find the current organization to be as poor as the previous reviewer did.
Once again, the book is perfect for my purposes and I was thrilled to find it.
The main point all throughout the book is how people and technology interact. Sometimes the chapter is about ethics and technology, sometimes it is about technology effecting the environment and how that aspect affects people in general. In the beginning the author gives a definition of technology or applied human knowledge. Then the sources of technological change are covered as well as how technologies change over time as different people apply them to fit their most direct needs and concerns. Whether the topic covered are ethical concerns in bio engineering or governing technology the constant in the book is how people either directly or indirectly get affect or what do people think about in regards to the topic covered. This book does a good job covering the ever expanding realm of technology. Rudi covered a multitude of subjects from factory unions to the Chinese inventing gun power. The book does cover events in a historical chronological manner. The book does flow from one chapter to then next. Something I have never considered is the fact that the very first newspaper was the first mass media in human history. Though this book is a required book for class it would definitely be a good book for people interested in technology, its history, and its impact on people or society.
While this book is a good source of information about technology, some of the themes covered lack a more comprehensive historical background. The nature of the class does not concern itself with many historical or geopolitical aspects of the cold war, yet the technology behind many cold war endeavors are covered throughout the book. There is one interesting dichotomy in this book. In chapter three the book's author points to more controlled societies with lack of technological progress then in the end of the book seemingly advocated a more government centric approach to technology policy in the United States. The book in total however is a good book about technology, history, people, the environment, and even some global issues related to technology. One of the unusual aspects of this book is the inventions that are in fact technology that most people do not realize. Siege catapults from medieval Europe changing is in fact technological progress.
This book covers human technology from the initial recorded human history of applied knowledge to the American space shuttle program. Many aspects of how this "technological innovation over time" impact people are carefully woven in to a complete story. This story is how technology and society interact. Rudy also covers some technologies from a perspective that some people might find enlightening. This is definitely a good book for people who want to learn more about technology and people.