Download PDF by J. M. van der Laan (auth.): Narratives of Technology

By J. M. van der Laan (auth.)

ISBN-10: 1137437065

ISBN-13: 9781137437068

ISBN-10: 1137440309

ISBN-13: 9781137440303

This publication records and investigates the tales we've got informed and proceed to inform approximately technology-now the dominant characteristic of our civilization-in fiction, non-fiction, movie, and ads. It solutions very important questions on the meanings humans ascribe to expertise, the hopes and fears we convey within the diverse narratives, the impact of these narratives upon us, and the hot kinds of fantasy these narratives signify. Narratives of Technology bargains an technique grounded within the humanities, including one other point of view to that of social scientists and technologists.

Show description

Read or Download Narratives of Technology PDF

Best criticism & theory books

Download e-book for iPad: Court Politics, Culture and Literature in Scotland and by Mr Robinson Jon

The focal point of this examine is courtroom literature in early sixteenth-century England and Scotland. writer Jon Robinson examines courtly poetry and drama within the context of a fancy method of leisure, schooling, self-fashioning, dissimulation, propaganda and patronage. He areas chosen works lower than shut severe scrutiny to discover the symbiotic courting that existed among court docket literature and demanding socio-political, fiscal and nationwide contexts of the interval 1500 to 1540.

Bryan Cheyette's Constructions of 'the Jew' in English Literature and PDF

Literary critics and cultural historians have for too lengthy written the query of race out of mainstream debts of English literature. In buildings of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society Bryan Cheyette combines cultural conception, discourse research and new historicism with shut readings of works by means of Arnold, Trollope and George Eliot, Buchan and Kipling, Shaw and Wells, Belloc and Chesterton, T.

Download e-book for kindle: The Letters of William Cullen Bryant: Volume III, 1849-1857 by William Cullen Bryant, Thomas G. Voss

Through the years coated during this quantity, Bryant traveled extra frequently and greatly than at any similar interval in the course of his lifestyles. The visits to nice Britain and Europe, a journey of the close to East and the Holy Land, and tours in Cuba, Spain, and North Africa, in addition to journeys to Illinois, he defined in widespread letters to the night put up.

Additional info for Narratives of Technology

Example text

And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, ‘Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name’” (verses 3–4). M. VAN DER LAAN monumental—a city. The Lord, we read, in verse 5 “came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The Lord said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them’” (NASV, verses 5–6).

Which of these narratives will be authoritative; which considered valid, legitimate, true, authentic, and acceptable; and which invalid, illegitimate, untrue, inauthentic, and unacceptable? Which of these stories can serve to help us best understand the new universe of technology, define a social order within it, and determine how to live in its circumstances? Among others, Alex Goody, Katherine Hayles, Thomas Hughes, David Nye, Howard Segal, Herbert Sussman, and Wylie Sypher have done much to trace the outlines and contents of the narratives about technology.

If we extend the idea of myth to the stories we tell about technology, we find that they, too, express and inform our beliefs, attitudes, morals, and behavior. In the analysis and interpretation of our narratives about technology, we consequently encounter and discover expressions of our ideologies and basic convictions, especially those which are, so to speak, “hidden” in those stories.  Murray understood, NARRATIVE AND MYTH 37 myths are simple or compound narrative units, many of which, carried in the mind, have had extraordinary permanence and potency, inasmuch as generations of people have been disposed to live—feel, think, and act—to a considerable extent in these terms, and hence that knowledge of the myths of any given society should enable us … to explain many of the otherwise unintelligible conceptions, emotional reactions, and modes of behavior of its members.

Download PDF sample

Narratives of Technology by J. M. van der Laan (auth.)


by Joseph
4.2

Rated 4.31 of 5 – based on 32 votes