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American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century$
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Martin Halliwell and Catherine Morley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748626014

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.001.0001

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Technology in the 21st Century

Technology in the 21st Century

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(p.179) 11. Technology in the 21st Century
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American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century
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Carroll Pursell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.003.0012

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

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