The Discussion Assignment
After completing this weeks reading assignment, answer two of the following questions (one from each module), and then read and comment on at least four of your fellow students postings. Note that two of these questions come from last weeks reading and two from this weeks reading. You may answer a third questions for up to 30 points extra credit! In addition to your textbook, you are encouraged to use the FTCC Library database resources (NC Live, Issues and Controversies, Opposing Viewpoints, etc) as a source of supporting information for your posts. If you use an outside source, be sure to mention what it was and where you found it. For information on accessing the FTCC Library databases, see the Resources in the weekly assignments folders.
(From Module 8) After reading about the work habits of the !Kung, does trading places with one of them begin to seem attractive? How would a member of the !Kung society feel about such a swap? All in all, who would be better off?
(From Module 8) How often do you look at a clock or your watch during the day? Is there anything unnatural about being governed by clocks and watches? What would happen to modern society if all the timepieces stopped, never to run again?
(From Module 9) Do you agree that early industrial technologies were used as ways of controlling labor? Do you feel employers today have a legitimate right to electronically monitor their employees?
(From Module 9) Explain what is meant by telecommuting or telework. Do you think this phenomenon will continue to grow and if so, in what areas of work? Would you want to do this sort of work? What might be some drawbacks?
NOTE: Your answers to 2 of these topics/questions are 60% of the grade for this discussion board and your responses to at least four other students and days of participation make up the remaining 40%! Answers to topic questions must be at least 100 words in length and at least four responses to classmates must be at least 40 words in length. You must post to this DB on at least 3 separate days to get full credit. If both questions answered are from the same module you will lose five points.
Late posts answering two of the topic questions will be eligible for no more than 60% if made within one week of the discussions closure. After one week this cannot be made up.
Course Textbook: Society and Technological Change (8th edition) by Rudi Volti ISBN: 978-1-319-05825-8
FTCC Library Databases (scroll down on library web page for complete list) https://www.faytechcc.edu/campus-life/library/ (Link opens in new window)