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FOUN 90-49 - Technologies Past Present and Future:
Their Economic, Social and Political Consequences

Aug.|Sept. | Oct.| Nov. | Dec.

Bulletin Board | Journal | Webform | Portfolio Composition | Writing Resources | Web Reference Guide | Online Reserves | Final Project Assignment

*Benjamin R. Barber. Jihad vs. McWorld. New York: Random House, 1995.
*Frances Cairncorss. The Death of Distance:How the Communications Revolution will Change our Lives. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1997.
*Shoshana Zuboff. In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power. New York: Basic Books, 1988.
*National Geographic, August, 1999.

Tentative Schedule

August 21 - Introduction to Bucknell - rules, regs. and expectations
August 26 - Introduction to the course
August 31 - READ: DOD Intro-The Trendspotter's Guide to New Communications
READ: National Geographic--Our Wired World

v Global Culture - Joel Swerdlow (As old patterns make way for new, our thinking and our ways of life become more urban, more cosmopolitan, less diverse.)

LAB - 21 Ideas for the 21st Century

September 2 - READ:
DOD Chapter 1-The Communications Revolution--pages 1-15
DOD Chapter 2 -The Telephone - Allen, Andersen, Baumberger, Blanding
DOD Chapter 3-The Television - Brauer, Byrd, Hagos, Jacobs, Kasdan
DOD Chapter 4-The Internet - Megji, Musayev, Parsons, Sturman, Zuber

September 7 - LAB on New Technologies

SEPTEMBER 8 - CAMPUS LECTURE, 7 PM Gardner Theatre, Dana (room 132)
Steven W. Gilbert, TLT Group (an independent nonprofit organization, the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Affiliate of the American Association for Higher Education)

"A Vision Worth Working Toward: Re-Focus on Learning and Teaching; Educational Uses of Information Technology for Everyone, " Steven W Gilbert (working draft, 1996)

September 9 - IT and Culture - National Geographic-Our Wired World (look over magazine insert and read:

v A World Together - Erla Zwingle ( With Internet use soaring and airfares falling, global exchange of information, products, and ideas has exploded. Will our cultural differences survive?)

v Tale of Three Cities - Joel Swerdlow (Alexandra, Egypt, at the start of the first millennium; Cordoba, Spain, at the beginning of the second; and New York, New York, at the dawn of the third: What do they tell us about cities past, present and future?

vVanishing Cultures - Wade Davis ( Indigenous peoples have become the human equilivant of endangered species. Now many battle to save the thinkg that define them: their lifeway, their language, and their land.)

Penan - Allen, Andersen, Baumberger, Blanding
Ariaal - Brauer, Byrd, Hagos, Jacobs, Kasdan
Chipaya - Megji, Musayev, Parsons, Sturman, Zuber

September 14 - LAB IT and Culture

September 16 - READ: Zuboff--Overview. Chapters 1-3

Everyone read pp. 1-57

pp. 58-70 & pp. 113-124 - Allen, Andersen, Baumberger, Blanding
pp. 70-79 & pp. 98-110- Brauer, Byrd, Hagos, Jacobs, Kasdan
pp. 79-96 & pp. 110-113- Megji, Musayev, Parsons, Sturman, Zuber

September 21- Lab on Pagemill
Discussion of Jobs, Work & TechnologyWriting Assignment

September 23 - Zuboff--Chapters 4-5
Zuboff- Chapters 6-8

September 28 - LAB - the future of work

September 30 - Part III Zuboff/Dennis Swank

October 4 - Aarne Vesilind, Duke University - 8PM Gardner Lecture Hall, 132 Dana

October 5 - LAB-The Digital Economy

October 7- READ: DOD-Chapter 5-Commerce and Companies
READ: DOD-Chapter 6-Competition, Concentration and

October 8 - Zuboff Reports -- drafts due on Friday,

FALL BREAK - October 8-11

October 14 - READ: DOD-Chapter 7-Policing the ElectronicWorld
Internet Privacy Initiative (New York Times)
DOD-Chapter 8-The Economy (optional for 10/14)

October 19-LAB: Concentration - The Microsoft Case
LAB-Public Policy and the internet

October 20 - Charles Sabel, Colombia University - Boundaries of the Firm: Path Dependency in Institutional Change - 7:30 PM, Gallery Theater, LC

October 21- Reading Assignmen:
1. Death of Distance - Chapter 8--Concluding discussion on the Digital Economy and
2. Technology and Education (Handout from the Wall Street Journal and Clifford Stoll - Silicon Snake Oil, Chapter 9 in online reserves for course.

October 26 - LAB Education and Libraries Lab

October 28 - Women Power and Cyberspace -

November 2 - LAB - Gender and Technology Lab

November 4 - Final Project Assignment
Gender and Technology - readings/continued

November 9 - LAB - LAB Library Component of Final Project Technology Issues

November 10 - Donald Mackenzie, University of Edinbourgh - Inventing Accuracy: A Case in the Sociology of Technlolgy - 7:30 Gallery Theater, LC

November 11 - DOD Chapter 10-Government and the Nation State
The New World of McWorld -Barber - Chapters 1-7

November 16- Lab: International Internet Concerns
Resources Appendix. Discuss for Final Project

November 18- Barber, Chapters 8-13 - "The Old World of Jihad"

November 23 - WorkDay for final project/Resources Appendix

November 24-29 Thanksgiving Recess

November 30 - LAB - Jihad's and McWorld's

December 2- Barber - Chapters 14-19 Jihad Vs McWorld

December 7 - Hand in Portfolio/Final Project/Summary and Review

December 16 - Final Reports on Final Projects


You are expected to come to all class sessions, to have done assigned reading, and to contribute actively. Your class participation will be evaluated in the standards below.

A 4.0 Excellent. Perfect attendance. Always well prepared. Contributes actively in almost all sessions, in making contributions and in reacting to those of others.

B 3.0 Good. Only missed two or three class/sessions. Almost always came well prepared. Usually contributed actively, both in making contributions and reacting to others.

C 2.0 Satisfactory. Attendance at least 80%. Usually came prepared. Contributed actively in about half of the sessions.

D 1.0 Unsatisfactory. Attendance at least 70%. Prepared about half of the time. Contributed actively in at least 20% of our sessions.

F 0.0 Fail. Attendance spotty. Preparation poor. Little active participation.