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Chapter 22

SOCA02 textbook notes for chapter 22 - technology and the global environment

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Chapter 22 Technology and the Global Environment Technology: Savior or Frankenstein? Technology: the practical application of scientific principles o Supposed to improve human life Infamous technological disasters o Legionnaires disease alerted the public of the possibility that the buildings they live and work in can harbor toxic chemicals, lethal molds, and dangerous germs o High levels of toxic chemicals were discovered leaking into the basements and drinking water of the residents of Love Canal led to shutdown of an elementary school and the evacuation of residents from their homes o Partial meltdown of the reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility caused lethal radioactive water and gas to pour into the environment Normal accident: accidents that occur inevitably though unpredictably because of the very complexity of modern technologies Risk society: postmodern society defined by the way in which risk is distributed as a side effect of technology o Danger comes from both technological and environmental threats o Environmental threats more widespread, chronic, and ambiguous, than technological accidents Technopoly: form of social organization in which technology compels people to try to solve all problems by using technical rather than moral criteria, even though technology is often the source of the problems Neil Postam argues that the United States is the first country in which technology has taken control of culture Latest concern of technological skeptics is biotechnology o Molecular biologists are able to split genes, create different characteristics of animals and plants, etc. Technology and People Make History www.notesolution.com
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