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(S2.E20.) Panel: Impact of Technology on U.S. Culture

Panel Discussion of the Impact of Technology on U.S. Culture. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link
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The podcast explores the impact of technology on U.S. culture in the past century. The topics explored in the panel discussion included: cell phones, Nintendo and video games, aviation, and use of robotics during medical surgeries. Some of the discussions explored not only the immediate impact of the individual technology, but also the long-range impact on U.S. society as a whole. Some of these impacts were not anticipated by the creators of the technology and those who quickly adopted it.

This podcast is based on a student panel discussion in one of the history courses this semester. Each of the students had completed a paper on a history topic of their choice for a writing course which was paired with this world history course. I grouped the students into small groups of three to five students on a similar topic. The goal was to share highlights from their papers and to develop connections among the papers and with the larger context of U.S. history in which they took place.

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