American Technological Sublime
'David Nye always has something interesting and suggestive to say about the role of technology in American culture and society. American Technological Sublime is...a book that can be profitably and enjoyably read by specialists and general readers alike. It is an estimable piece of historical interpretation and writing and deserves a wide readership.' -- David Nasaw, Boston Globe Technology has long played a central role in the formation of Americans' sense of selfhood. From the first canal systems through the moon landing, Americans have, for better or worse, derived unity from the common feeling of awe inspired by large-scale applications of technological prowess. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the 'technological sublime' (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.American Technological Sublime is a study of the politics of perception in industrial society. Arranged chronologically, it suggests that the sublime itself has a history - that sublime experiences are emotional configurations that emerge from new social and technological conditions, and that each new configuration to some extent undermines and displaces the older versions. After giving a short history of the sublime as an aesthetic category, Nye describes the reemergence and democratization of the concept in the early nineteenth century as an expression of the American sense of specialness. What has filled the American public with wonder, awe, even terror? David Nye selects the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, Eads Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, the major international expositions, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, the Empire State Building, and Boulder Dam. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world. The festivities surrounding the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 become a touchstone reflecting the transformation of the American experience of the sublime over two centuries. Nye concludes with a vision of the modern-day 'consumer sublime' as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas.
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Review: American Technological SublimeUser Review - Kendra - Goodreads
If Leo Marx or Perry Miller can be credited with first inventing the Technological Sublime as a field of study, then David Nye can be credited with crafting its most definitive (if not compelling ... Read full review
Review: American Technological SublimeUser Review - Mia - Goodreads
This was a quite comprehensive survey of the American fascination with technological innovation. Covering structures like bridges and skyscrapers, and forms of power including steam, electricity and ... Read full review
American Technological Sublime - The MIT Press
American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book ...
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American Technological Sublime - IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
conclude his American Technological Sublime. --. a good book with an unsatisfying end. In colloquial speech, the word sublime is ...
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JSTOR: American Technological Sublime
Indeed, the key to understanding the American technological sublime is that it was not so much an individual experience as a social one. ...
Science Musings by Chet Raymo
Nevertheless, I was unprepared for this passage from historian David Nye's book, American Technological Sublime. He writes: "The characteristic questions ...
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A magnificent obsession - 21 January 1995 - New Scientist
The American Technological Sublime, pp 362; by David E. Nye ... It is what Nye would identify as an example of the "American Technological Sublime". ...
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Computers and Society Page 25 March 1996
American Technological Sublime. David E. Nye. The MIT Press, 1994 ... In a way, the American technological sublime in recent years ...
Varieties of Technological Experience
Review of American Technological Sublime by David E. Nye, MIT Press, MA (1994), ... American Technological Sublime can be appreciated on many levels: as a ...
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Radio and the Technological Sublime in the United States, 1920-1940
American “technological sublime”, a sense of awe and wonder that avoided ... David E. Nye’s American Technological Sublime – itself dedicated to Leo ...
Brooks Landon- Two Primo Takes on Pomo’s Technological Sublime
With Electrifying America (MIT, 1990), The American Technological Sublime (MIT, 1994), and Consuming Power: A Social History of American Energies (MIT, ...
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Course 297: Petition for Graduate Individual Studies Course in Art
Nye, David E. The American Technological Sublime. Cambridge: MIT, 1994. Week 1: Overview of project group and discussion of student’s role in and ...
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