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Technology Matters by David E. Nye
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Sep 07, 2012

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Great introduction to the history of technology - concepts such as technological determinism and momentum, etc - although the middle third is weak. He tends to overreach in the chapters on environmentalism, globalization and culture, as he relies more heavily on popular sources (novels, movies) in these chapters than in the first third of the book, which is much more historiographical. Finally, his argument for increased individual agency in decision making regarding the adaptation of particular technologies in a given society seems incompatible with his analysis of technological momentum.

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