Paper I: technology in everyday life

The purpose of this paper is to examine the presence of technology in everyday life and its effects on the lifestyle of people in modern world. For this paper you need to pick 15-20 minutes of your day, list the activities you did during that time, and explain how the same goals could have been accomplished at some point back in time, you may pick any point before 1980th. For instance, you come home, put food in microwave to warm up your dinner, turn on TV to watch the news, etc. How would you warm up your dinner and find out the news in the middle ages?

Think about simple, routine things that you do. Or think about your hobbies (how much technology is involved in playing basketball?). Or about your recent shopping trip or a visit to a dentist. In any case, the best way to make your paper interesting is to find something that would surprise you, to discover how new or how old is a technology that you use every day.

Your paper should discuss (briefly) advantages and disadvantages of the modern technology versus its analog from the past. Would you trade places with the people from the past? Why, or why not?

You paper must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. It must be no less than 2-3 pages long (standard font).
  2. You must clearly cite all your sources. For instance, if you claim that in 1800 there was no popcorn, you must cite a source (or sources) that support this claim. You may use online sources, as long as you are convinced that the source is reliable (cross-checking helps). If you need help finding sources, please let me know.
  3. You must describe at least 2 different technologies.
  4. Your paper will be graded based on how well you have researched the subject, on the quality of writing, and on the choice of technologies that you are describing (more interesting choices will have a better chance of a higher grade).
Good luck!
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