Last Monday, the theme of the seminar was the threat of technology. We discussed various readings and our general views of the threat of technology throughout history and today. Then, we headed over to the main AAS building where Erich and Maura presented their projects. Maura detailed her own presentation in her previous post, but it pertained to the superiority of American inventions at the London Exhibition of 1851. Erich’s presentation was about a steam ship accident in which the ship caught on fire. He discussed the fact that the newspaper which detailed the accident painted the invention of the ship in a positive light despite the danger it presented, choosing instead to blame the incident on human error in managing the ship. Both Maura and Erich gave excellent and intriguing presentations!
The Threat of Technology
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