History 408  History of American Science and Technology

Reading Worksheet


Social Dimensions of Technology

Smith, 355-382


Date:                                                                Name:


1. What¡¯s new and striking to you in the readings on this topic in Smith?






2. What benefits were various technologies¡ªelectricity, radio, etc¡ªsupposed to bring to society?






3. Can you find similar selling points about the benefits of technologies today, such as the internet or cell phone?






4. How did gender figure into people¡¯s perception of technology?  That is, how were girls and boys, women and men, supposed to participate in technological activities differently?






5. What do you think of the argument about ¡°World Peace through¡­radio?¡±





6. Do you find the readings helpful? Questions and comments?  Any relevant news item or website?