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Honors Conference Speech Rough Draft In this time of the Industrial Revolution, technology was largely experienced through the advent of machinery into everyday life. Images of machinery began to depict overall societies, rather than just remaining confined to factories.  The Machine was no longer just a single identifiable object, but encompassed many different aspects of […]

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Amongst most primitive peoples, matters of fact and matters of magic are equally real. Even today, as Schuyler Cammann tells us, the Mongol tribesman regards the hemispherical shape of his tent as the dome of the sky, and the circular smoke vent at the top as the sun gate or sky door, while the column […]

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“Once upon a time there were gods only, and no mortal creatures. But when the time came that these also should be created, the gods fashioned them out of earth and fire and various mixtures of both elements in the interior of the earth…” As a creation myth, one can label “The Story of Epimetheus” […]

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Where would we be without technology?

Untouched Amazonian Tribe The very fact that the reporters in this video are calling this Amazonian tribe “untouched” brings to mind many things when it comes to technoculture. Just the existence of such a report strikes a chord with me. Firstly is the pointing out by the commentator of the vast  contrast between so-called ‘primitive’ […]

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What is Really Real in Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks”?

When observing Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks”, I am reminded that this is a painting that uses realism as its mode of artistic expression. Realism is an art & literary movement that seeks to depict “the faithful representation of reality” or verisimilitude– that is, it seeks to portray life as it really is, without the romanticism […]

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“It was the hour of a profound human change”

Technocritical Aspects of The Great Gatsby In The Great Gatsby, we see a very different modern world from the novels that we have been studying thus far. Technology is everywhere in the novel and in the lives of the characters-from telephones, to automobiles, trains, clocks, and lights. The rapidly changing world of the novel, possible […]

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Cogs in the Machine: Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

In Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle,the various human/sociological/administrative/business systems portrayed combine to form one large, all-encompassing force called capitalism. Humans are capitalized for their labor, forcing society to become a complicated function meant simply to benefit one person or another. The businesses exist simply to take advantage of someone (i.e. its workers) and something (i.e.  the […]

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Frankenstein Encounters the Dangers of God-like Science

Victor Frankenstein is indeed a new sort of creator than what we have encountered in the novels and stories read thus far. He is not only a mechanical artist, but he is a scientist, an innovator, and a creator who leads himself to believe that he has God-like powers. He has done something new for […]

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The Revolutionary Machine of the Age: The Steam Engine

The above image is Claude Monet’s famous painting, “Gare Saint Lazare, 1877”. I chose this image because it provokes in my mind the revolutionary changing effects of time and travel that became possible because of the most popular machine of the time: the steam engine. It is an Impressionist painting, meaning that it was painted […]

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Crusoe and the Function of His Diary

The function of Crusoe’s diary, it seems, is not to anatomize the self, but rather to keep track of it in the modern fashion that Riesman [David Riesman, author of The Lonely Crowd] describes: “The diary-keeping that is so significant a symptom of the new type of character may be viewed as an inner time-and-motion […]

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