The Shock of the Old response

The reading for this week was interesting as the book challenged the way we think of technology in history. I am not talking about the classic made us seen technology in a new light but more of it tried to open our eyes the the way technology is viewed in different countries and how we view it ourselves. In chapter 5 Nations the author, David Edgerton, writes about nationalism and the inventive citizen at the beginning and transitions through many different sub-genres of nationalism. The on that struck out to me the most was Techno-nationalism. The concept that this is dangerous and was discouraged despite nationalism being “the language spoken by the people” and a way to globalize oneself without losing individualism or dignity is interesting. It was the preferred language but was rejected even though Americans, the West was the main objectors, would consider it patriotism if it was on American soil. Then again America has show time and again the hypocritical nature of our government and our people especially when it comes from technology. History has shown time and again that the same invention can be created in separate societies around the same time without prior knowledge on what the other society is doing.

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