The purpose of this assignment is to assess how a specific technology is situated in the world and determine its cultural impacts, biases and political properties. The Required Learning Materials in weeks 1, 3, and 4 serve as a foundation for this project.
This is a staged assignment in three parts. These stages are:
· Week 3: Stage 1 – Topic Selection Video
· Week 4: Stage 2 – Question Exercise
· Week 5: Stage 3 – Analysis Paper
See the specifics of each stage for instructions on what to submit in each week below. Please read through all the stages before choosing your technological artifact to make sure you can address everything the assignment requires.

Project Stages

Stage 1: Topic Selection Video

For stage 1, you will choose your topic and create a short 3-5 minute video to share through a cloud server in the discussion forum with your classmates. See additional tutorials in the classroom for making, uploading and sharing a video.
You will then post a short 2-3 sentence reply to 2 classmates’ proposals in the discussion forum.

Instructions

Choose a specific technological artifact (or interconnected set of artifacts) or form of technology whose impacts, biases, and political properties you can study by observing firsthand how people in the world use it. Your choice should be a primary source, some form of immediate, firsthand technology that you can observe directly. It should be original and unique, chosen from the categories below, and not be simply something like a smart phone.
Possible topic categories include:
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Technological Artifacts in the Built Environment: The built environment includes human-made structures, features, and facilities that encompass the environment where people live and work. Artifacts here would include things like a streetlight, a walkway, a road, a fence or barrier, a sidewalk, a piece of playground equipment, a building entrance, and a building elevator. For example, you could examine the streetlights at a specific busy corner where you live, an EV plug-in parking spot at a local supermarket, elevators in a building near you, an overpass on a specific street, or a specific floating dock at a riverside.

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Household Items and Tools: These would include forms of technology used in a home. Included here could be things like a vacuum cleaner, a steam mop, a tool for fixing or building things, an interior or exterior lighting system, appliances, pieces of entertainment systems. Be sure to pick a specific brand and model since all vacuums, for instance, are not designed the same way. They can be items used in your own home by your family or in the home of someone you know. Make sure you have been able to observe their actual use.

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Transportation and Infrastructure: These would include technologies people use to get around and systems that deliver specific locale services. Examples would include a specific car, truck, tractor, bus, train, airplane, a waterInstruction

HUMN 344 6381 Technology and Culture (2228)

Stage 1: Topic Selection Video 

If you are unable to create a video for whatever reason, please contact your professor for alterative ways to fulfill this assignment.

Please see the 

Project 1: Technology in the World – Full Description
 and  

Video Sharing & Permissions Tips
 before you begin.

There are 

three
 things you need to do for this stage:

1. Choose your topic.
2. Create a short 3-5 minute video and share it through a cloud server in the discussion forum with your classmates.
3. Post a short 2-3 sentence reply to 2 classmates’ proposals in the discussion forum. 

I. Instructions for your Choosing your Topic

Choose a specific technological artifact (or interconnected set of artifacts) or form of technology whose impacts, biases and political properties you can study by observing first-hand how people in the world use it. Your choice should be a primary source, some form of immediate, first-hand technology that you can observe directly. It should be original and unique, chosen from the categories below, and not be simply something like a smart phone.  
Possible topic categories include:  
·
Technological Artifacts in the Built Environment: The built environment includes human-made structures, features, and facilities that encompass the environment where people live and work. Artifacts here would include things like a streetlight, a walkway, a road, a fence or barrier, a sidewalk, a piece of playground equipment, a building entrance, and a building elevator. For example, you could examine the streetlights at a specific busy corner where you live, an EV plug-in parking spot at a local supermarket, elevators in a building near you, an overpass on a specific street, or a specific floating dock at a riverside. 

·
Household Items & Tools: These would include forms of technology used in a home. Included here could be things like a vacuum cleaner, a steam mop, a tool for fixing or building things, an interior or exterior lighting system, appliances, pieces of entertainment systems. Be sure to pick a specific brand and model since all vacuums, for instance, are not designed the same way. They can be items used in your own home by your family or in the home of someone you know. Make sure you have been able to observe their actual use. 

·
Transportation and Infrastructure: These would include technologies people use to get around and systems that deliver specific locale services. Examples would include a specific car, truck, tractor, bus, train, airplane or a water/sewer system, a set of electrical towers, a dam, a sewage plant or system, a snowplow, a UPS truck, etc. This should be something you can see with your own eyes in its actual context where you live.  

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Technology from another Culture: This would include a technological artifact or form of tec




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