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Total Control

Recently, we have seen many advances in science and technology that aim to “improve” life. What we do is target a specific problem, and attempt to fix it or improve it. What do we achieve by doing this? What is the motive behind it? I’ve discussed before that a popular motive tends to be efficiency. After reading Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, I have rethought this assumption. Now, my thinking might be that we innovate to take control, and in turn we feel powerful.

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Artificial Intelligence Creates Inequality

Imagine a brand new world with maximum efficiency; computers doing the basic activities you and I do everyday. This new society would introduce new ways of living and analyzing the world. The opportunities would be infinite, but for who? When we think of innovations, we tend to focus solely on the positive effects. This futuristic world would simply leave out the people who didn’t have access to the resources needed to participate. Without time, money, and connections, this efficient world essentially would be like a snow globe, everyone on the outside looking in to this unattainable reality.

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Female Participation in the Labor Force

What is the correlation between the increase in production in the U.S. and the changing role of women in society?

Thesis Statement: (Still Drafting)

The change from a domestic housewife to a CEO has dramatically improved technology, production, and innovation.

Brief Description:

With my research, my intention is to track the changes in production in the U.S. as well as the change in the role of women in the economy. My intention is to find a correlation between the two and to find out to what extent these two are related.

I think this research is important to contribute to the conversation about the importance of female labor participation. Output and production are not the only benefits to the increase of women in the workforce (population control, female education, innovation, family structures, etc…)

Tentative Outline:

For the first part of my research and analysis, I plan on defining what Gross Domestic Product is, why it is calculated, why it is relevant, and most importantly how has it changed over the past decades. I plan on analyzing each decade since the 1930’s and highlighting certain events within the decades. For example, I will focus on WWII during the 40’s and how that effected GDP. I plan on viewing the calculation of GDP as a reflection of an overall state of the economy AND a measure of the increase in efficient technology in the U.S.


The next part of my analysis addresses the role of women in the economy. I am going to track the changes in women participating in the workforce during specific eras. The first era would be when GDP was first calculated, this would be my base year. The next era would be how the role changed during WWII and what the effects were after the war was over. To measure the role of women I have decided to utilize a database that is dedicated to the archives of women’s magazines. I also will be utilizing graphs and many statistics to determine what exactly is the change and what are the factors that have contributed to the change. One thing I have to keep in mind is that I need to stay focused on is the quality of the work these women are doing and how that has mostly effected production.


If I need to write more/research more, I also wish to talk about how childcare effects the statistics that I am basing my research off of.


Bibliography: *Have to correctly format links*


Fishback, Margaret. “THE WORKING GIRL IS HERE TO STAY.” Woman’s Day 06 1939: 5,5, 38, 50. ProQuest. Web. 2 Apr. 2018.





Are There Only Two Cultures?

What defines culture? Is it the dictionary? If so, culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. Is this an accurate definition of culture in society? As humans, do we or some external force determine how we take part in culture? The text we read this past week was about the idea that their are two cultures: scientists and humanitarians. I can strongly state that I disagree with this argument in that culture is situational. The culture you identify with is all based on time and place.

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Why Gender?

When discussing issues of society, one of the first topics addressed is gender. Why is that? Why has gender become such a pressing issue? Why is it the first social issue we distinctively talk about in STS? I think we owe this one to the progressive people in the world who have been actively involved in the feminist movement.

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No Mother, No Problem…Right?

Human interaction begins right at birth. We connect with the people around us, especially our mothers. But what is so special about this moment? It is our first exposure to the concept of relationships. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the monster experiences horror and disgust from Victor, his creator, at his “birth”. From then on, the monster becomes lonely, frustrated, and destructive. When analyzing these characteristics, I wondered what would be our modern monster?  I concluded that it could possibly be our computers and data. They are man made, they have created a form of isolation, and they have opened doors to knowledge that we have never explored before. However, the presence of a “mother” is what differentiates Frankenstein’s monster from computers and data, our modern “monster” Continue reading

A Revolution and a Revolution Walk Into a Bar…

A revolution is not just the overthrowing an established institution, but it is also a way of making the unfamiliar, familiar. The scientific revolution did that exactly. By exploring thought, experimenting, and challenging what was accepted as truth, society was moving away from accepting laws of nature and religion. As a result, not just science, but society was advancing in the way people thought about every day matters. The most interesting aspect of this revolution, is that it might be happening again, today, with the technology revolution.

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Relationships, History, and Technology

People can be categorized into two different groups: the thinkers and the doers. These people are interdependent, or reliant on each other. This relationship is essential to the development of technology throughout history. That is why Kranzberg’s fifth law, “all history is relevant but the history of technology is most relevant” is most important. This truism studies not only the history and relevance of technology to society, but also the relationships between homo sapien sapiens and homo farbers.

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