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December 20th, 2018 by: Dagmar SchaeferJonathan Coopersmith

Kranzberg’s Fifth and Fourth Laws

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 4 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.12.20.02 PDF: Schaefer_Coopersmith_Kranzberg Fifth and Fourth Laws Kranzberg’s Fifth Law By Dagmar Schaefer “All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.” The farmer and the frog: or how Chinese farmers know all about Kranzberg’s Fifth Law. Before I even knew what the…

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December 20th, 2018 by: Laura Ann TwagiraMara Mills

Kranzberg’s Third and Sixth Laws

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 4 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.12.20.03 PDF: Twagira_Mills_Kranzberg Third and Sixth Laws Kranzberg’s Third Law By Laura Ann Twagira “Technology comes in packages, big and small” In 1986 Melvin Kranzberg wrote: “If we look into the history of any mechanical device, we find that the basic invention required other innovative changes to…

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December 20th, 2018 by: Hannah Rogers

Curating Art, Science, and Technology

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 4 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.12.20.04 PDF: Rogers_Curating Art Science and Technology Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons Exhibits on the history of technology make arguments for the future of technologies. Along with the turn toward material practice in a variety of humanities fields and the urgency of science and…

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August 20th, 2018 by: John Dean Davis

Levees, Slavery, and Maintenance

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 3 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.08.20.01 Davis_Levees Slavery and Maintenance Why is the U.S. Army in charge of the levees on the Mississippi River? There’s no one-sentence answer to this question. Even answering it in a paragraph would be difficult. The story of how the military became entwined with the great river…

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August 20th, 2018 by: Daniel Levinson Wilk

A Brief Episode in the History of Dusting

Technology’s Stories vol 6, no. 3 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.08.20.02 PDF: Wilk_Brief Histry of Dusting Cleaning kicks up dust, and dust takes its time to settle. In the early twentieth century, as business boomed and corporations clogged the sky, skyscraper managers scheduled a gap of hours between cleaning and dusting. They wrote about it in trade…

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August 20th, 2018 by: Camilla Røstvik

“Feminine Waste Only!!!” A History of the UK Sanitary Bin in the Twentieth Century

Technology’s Stories vol. 6, no. 3: DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2018.08.20.03 PDF: Rostvik_Feminine Waste Only Every fortnight one man enters all the women’s toilets at our university, removes and replaces the sanitary bins, and drives away in a van. Observing this system, I became curious about the grey rectangle with foot-operated pedals, “modesty flaps”, bearing the warning “for…

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