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old world ideas
beginning of the industrial revolution in the US

12 "Apparent ability to explain historical events and fuse them with cultural values."

second creation--using technology to reshape the land
how technology is making the world a better place

Nye is most interested in the simple stories--eg. advertisements, travelers accounts--of how American became great
European-educated intellectuals had a more mixed view
by mid 19th century some Americans were worrying about what was lost to technological progress

narratives about the role of technology in national destiny
inevitability, destiny, naturalized

four kinds of stories:

1984 Macintosh Ad

dividing land into a grid--National Survey

transportation and free market

mastery of force