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dc.contributorHaskins, Ekaterina V., 1969-
dc.contributorDeery, June
dc.contributorZappen, James Philip
dc.contributorEsrock, Ellen J.
dc.contributorWinner, Langdon
dc.contributor.authorAdamczyk, Christopher Lee
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-03T09:11:14Z
dc.date.available2021-11-03T09:11:14Z
dc.date.created2020-05-08T17:53:19Z
dc.date.issued2019-08
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.13015/2431
dc.descriptionAugust 2019
dc.descriptionSchool of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
dc.description.abstractIndustrial heritage sites are locations that exemplify both public memory and the rhetoric of technology. In this dissertation, I interpret three examples of industrial heritage sites to identify and characterize their common rhetorical features. Using Lowell National Historical Park, I identify how industrial heritage sites root their rhetoric in the technological sublime. Using the National Museum of Industrial History, I describe how industrial heritage sites invite their guests to orient toward workers’ experiences using textual, visual, and experiential displays. Finally, using Thomas Edison National Historical Park, I identify how industrial heritage sites situate sublime technology and guests-as-workers within a technocratic, national scene. With these three features considered, I then argue that industrial heritage sites, and thus the rhetoric of technology they invoke, can be understood as manifestations of what Jacques Ellul terms la technique. I conclude by suggesting an alternative way to recollect the technological past that draws upon virtue ethics.
dc.language.isoENG
dc.publisherRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
dc.relation.ispartofRensselaer Theses and Dissertations Online Collection
dc.subjectCommunication and rhetoric
dc.titleRecollecting La Technique : industrial heritage sites and the rhetoric of technology
dc.typeElectronic thesis
dc.typeThesis
dc.digitool.pid179759
dc.digitool.pid179760
dc.digitool.pid179761
dc.rights.holderThis electronic version is a licensed copy owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Copyright of original work retained by author.
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.relation.departmentDept. of Communication and Media


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