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American Technological Sublime free pdf "American Technological Sublime" continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book "Electrifying America". Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" as a key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements (such as the Grand Canyon, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, and the Brooklyn Bridge) that ordinary people have valued intensely. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo 11 mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world, concluding with a vision of the modern-day "consumer sublime" as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas.

About David E. Nye

David E. Nye is Professor of American Studies at the Danish Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the author of Technology Matters: Questions to Live With and When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America, both published by the MIT Press, and other books.

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Author : David E. Nye
Publisher : MIT Press
Data Published : 02 May 1996
ISBN : 0262640341
EAN : 9780262640343
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 384 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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