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Technology in the 21st Century

Carroll Pursell

in American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748626014
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670673 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.003.0012
Technology in the 21st Century

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In this chapter Caroll Pursell considers the changing landscape of technology in the early twenty-first century, arguing that technological developments are always a mixture of old and new. He traces continuities between late twentieth century and contemporary technology in the guise of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, including the twin architectural structures of the World Trade Center themselves, before surveying debates around environmental technologies, some of which hardly look like technology at all, and military technologies, which, he argues, continue to follow the familiar path of innovation in military hardware. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the status to US global hegemony in the field of technology, with new technological developments stemming from Europe and East Asia challenging perceptions of American technological prowess.

Keywords: Technology; 9/11; World Trade Center; Environmental technology; Military technology; Globalization

Chapter.  6610 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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