Reading Response #1

Due Monday, July 11 before class, 10:10am.  Please submit your response online before 10:10am on Monday. We will demo the assignment submission process in class on Friday 7/8 and send out instructions to the class mailing list. The writer’s checklist clarifies the expectations surrounding written work assignments.

In “Do Machines Make History?” Heilbroner outlines the core assumptions of technological determinism. Technological determinism makes a clear case for the importance of technology for driving society, while Leo Marx and other authors we read have a very different sense of how technology develops.

In 200-300 words, choose a contemporary technology (different from the slides) to make the case for or against technological determinism.

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