• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Technology in American History.

Extracts from this document...


Grant DeVilbiss Technology in American History Professor David Stradling 31 May 2002 The Everlasting Two-Step "As the desert thus announced the arrival of the fin de siecle with a staggering overture of bulldozers and gunfire, some old-timers - contemplating the rapidly diminishing distance between the solitude of the Mojave and the gridlock of suburban life - began to wonder out loud whether there was any alternative to Los Angeles after all." (Davis). This quote, from City of Quartz: Excavation the Future in Los Angeles, addresses the idea of progress and technology in suburban life, and the role each plays in that life. Progress is inevitable; no matter how hard we try, humankind will progress throughout the ages. The word progress has a positive connotation; however, progress that has developed as a result of technology has not had entirely positive results. This essay will discuss how the impact of technology has impaired progress in the home and community. Washing machine, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, television, electric lamp, canned food, pre-made clothes, refrigerators. These are just a few of the inventions which changed the way humans interact with their house. There is no possible way to tell how all of these inventions changed the home in this short essay. ...read more.


Washing clothes was something that was done maybe once a month because of the all work that was involved in keeping them clean. Vacuuming the carpet would be impossible because there was no vacuum cleaner; moreover there was no wall to wall carpet to keep clean on a daily basis. Mowing the lawn would also be unnecessary because a beautiful, green, fertilized lawn that must be kept in good order was not an issue. A drive to the grocery store, wow, where to begin with what is wrong with that concept? First of all, there would have been no car to spend hours on end in traffic each week going from store to store. Even after the food from the grocery was purchased, there was no place to store it since refrigerators had yet to be invented. Most importantly, there was no canned food, TV dinners, or other pre-made storable food available. This is just a short list of the things that have changed over the years in a normal house worker's life. It is obvious to see that no matter how much easier one of these tasks became, another one or two would show up to fill the free time which had been created. ...read more.


Since the automobile has become an integral part of daily living, the habits for interacting in a community have changed. Today houses have small to no front porch, large rooms meant, not for living, but for storing automobiles, and large back yards for playing away from the dangerous, busy streets where the automobile resides. Interaction with others is no longer commonplace but unusual. The only time neighbors see each other is when they are pulling their cars into the garage and before the garage door closes, keeping the seclusion even more prominent. It can be argued the things which have been described in this essay are a perfect example of progress. What was once impossible is now possible. What was once hard is now easy, but is it really? While technology of the past has changed life, it has not progressed it. For every step forward there is one step back. A step forward in saving time, a step backward in tasks to be done. A step forward in transportation, a step backward in social interaction. Technology and progress are forever caught dancing an unbreakable two-step danced to the "overture of bulldozers and gunfire." While the dance of the ages continues to the overture of technology and progress, humankind is stuck in the middle waiting for one of them to lead. DeVilbiss 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Design and Technology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Design and Technology essays

  1. The Poem that I am going to talk about in this essay is

    A plane plunged over the sea is one of the most important lines in the poem because this is one of the views of the poem, the plane represents more death, but not only that but the end of death on the 6th day, it also represents the death of

  2. Jared Diamond versus Charles Mann on the Sophistication of Metalwork in Native America

    Diamond makes the point in his book that the there was no shortage of copper, tin, silver and gold in the mountains of the Andes, but then he disbelieves the Natives' ability to find value in the metal and use it to their advantage.

  1. Economic impact of genetic engineering Genetic engineering (GE) is a recently developed technology that ...

    The world does not need larger supplies of food; the world needs to address the way in which food is distributed, something that GMO technology has no effects on. The only people that the biotech industry is trying to help are themselves.

  2. Convenience and Future of ATM's in my Community

    The magnetic part of the card stores information of the user such as account number and the pass code. Once the user has entered the correct code it will verify it to the user's bank and will send out verification on the transaction that has to be made.

  1. Third world debt Vs Need for Technology

    However this process may cause implication when developing a Third World country as business will want to use any means of technology on the market that would benefit their company. Legislations such as the Human Right Act cover the ethical interest of the members of the public in any countries around the world.

  2. Statements, Materials and Technology: Contemporary Chairs and Movements

    Inspired by Aalto's exhibition in London in 1933, Gerald Summers designed a lounge chair molded out of a single sheet of plywood in 1934. Post war design moved away from modernism's strict principles, focusing instead on ergonomics. The molded wood laminate conveys a materiality paradox; curved wooden constructions of any size were not common outside of boat builders.

  1. What do you think is a safe distance between the car you are riding ...

    Index card Meterstick (teacher provided) Part A - Techniques for Measuring Speed and Stopping Distance Part A1: Introduction to the Photogate Timer Part A2: Using the Photogate Timer to Determine the Speed of an Object PROCEDURE: 1. Connect the photogate into port DG1 of the ULI.

  2. Robots.- the concept of a robot this project is concerned with, the history of ...

    And, robots are used in exploration in dangerous places such as in volcanoes, which allows us to learn without endangering ourselves. Advantage of robots With the advancements of robotics, people would have the ability to create a robotic version of themselves by "uploading" their conscience (brain) to a robotic body.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work