User talk:Alpha Sigma 111
Nomination of Technology and environment for deletion
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I read the “Technology” Wikipedia site and believe that the Further Reading section could be substantially improved by adding the following references (Note: Since I read these books I provide a short synopsis for each):
Mumford, L. (2010). ‘’Technics and Civilization.’’ University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0226550273. The book by Lewis Mumford is a true classic that was first published in 1934 and is a rigorous examination of the historical development of technology over the last 1000 years and its effect on western culture and civilization.
Rhodes, R. (2000). ‘’Visions of Technology: A Century of Vital Debate about Machines, Systems, and the Human World.’’ Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0684863111. The book by Richard Rhodes is an excellent collection of short excerpts (2-3 pages) of essays by well-known writers and thinkers on a wide range of technologies and their application during the last century (1900 to 2000) (e.g., Henry Ford on the car culture, Robert Oppenheimer on the making of the atomic bomb, Margaret Sanger on birth control, Rachel Carson on the environmental effects of pesticides, Dwight Eisenhower on the Scientific-Technological Elite, etc.). In short, an outstanding overview of technological developments and related thoughts during the 20th century.
Teich, A.H. (2008). ‘’Technology and the Future.’’ Wadsworth Publishing, 11th edition, ISBN 0495570524. This book, now in its 11th edition, is widely used in “Technology and Society” university programs and contains a balanced collection of articles and essays from both critics and enthusiasts about modern technologies and their effect on society and culture.
Wright, R.T. (2008). ‘’Technology.’’ Goodheart-Wilcox Company, 5th edition, ISBN 1590707184. This book, now in its 5th edition, is particularly written for students to understand how technology “works” (a wide range of technologies are discussed) and how it affects people and the world around us. The book is correlated to the Standards for Technology Literacy and thus should be valuable to Wikipedia readers trying to learn more about technology.
Huesemann, M.H., and J.A. Huesemann (2011). ‘’Technofix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Environment.’’ New Society Publishers, ISBN 0865717044. The authors give a scholarly and critical “tour de force” of the many aspects of modern technology and outline its inherent limitations in solving social and environment problems, demonstrate the historical causes of technological optimism, and provide a roadmap for the future direction of technology.
In summary, I believe these five books provide a balanced, in-depth and broad overview of technology and should be very valuable to any Wikipedia reader wanting to learn more about technology in general.
After looking at the other references listed in the Further Reading section, I am concerned about the following two since they have very narrow focus and do not really belong in the Further Reading section of a Wikipedia article on such as broad topic as “technology”. Please check the description of these two books on Amazon and it is clear that they don’t belong here because of their narrow focus on art and technology. I therefore elected to delete them.
Frank Popper, (2007) From Technological to Virtual Art, Leonardo Books, MIT Press
Charlie Gere, (2005). Art, Time and Technology: Histories of the Disappearing Body, Berg.
Technology and environment
- I left another message on that page. You missed my mention about the article Human impact on the environment, that similarly covers this topic. Save a copy (before its deleted), and start this article on Wikiversity. Since you are the only editor of it, you can copy and paste only your own work. For clarification, you cannot copy and paste others' wiki contributions (for that you have to make a request on Wikiversity for them to import the edit history). Sidelight12 Talk 02:17, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
- That's good research. Try getting on the talk page of Human impact on the environment and see how you can add about technological impacts on the environment. There are a lot of specific articles from there. Sidelight12 Talk 09:21, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
- I see you've already figured it out. Sidelight12 Talk 09:23, 8 May 2013 (UTC)