Tag Archives: Industrial Revolution

this day in the yesteryear: Queen Victoria Ascends British Throne (1837)


Queen Victoria Ascends British Throne (1837)

Queen Victoria ruled the UK for more than 63 years, longer than any other British monarch. Her reign, known as the Victorian Era, coincided with the height of the Industrial Revolution and was marked by significant social, economic, and technological changes in the UK. Though the Irish Potato Famine adversely affected Victoria’s popularity, she was mostly well liked. She was a carrier of the hereditary illness later dubbed the “royal disease.” What is the disease called today? More… Discuss

ARTICLE: ASBESTOS (SPECIAL CLIP FROM “DUST TO DUST” ON TREMOLITE ASBESTOS AND MESOTHELIOMA VICTIMS IN LIBBY, MONTANA)


Asbestos

Nowadays, the idea of being exposed to asbestos strikes fear in the hearts of most. But just a couple of generations ago, people embraced asbestos-containing materials for their fire-and corrosion-resistant properties. Asbestos—a product obtained from a family of fibrous hydrated silicates—was used in fireproofing, electrical insulation, and various other building materials as well as safety apparel, brake pads, and countless other products. When was it discovered to be a serious health hazardMore… Discuss

In this short scene from our feature documentary, LIBBY, MONTANA, three former WR Grace employees talk about what it was like to work for the company in Libby. Les Skramstad worked in the mill only two years, but died of mesothelioma in 2007. Bob Wilkins was the local union rep for mine workers. He died of asbestos related disease in 2002. Dru Carr and I shot the interviews with Les and Bob in 2000. Earl Lovick was the plant manager for many years. His commentary here is from a videotaped deposition recorded during a civil case against WR Grace in the 1990s. Lovick died in 1996. For more information about the film, trailers, audio downloads, external links, reviews, blogs and more please visit the two official web pages for the movie: http://www.highplainsfilms.org/fp_lib…http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/libbym…

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ARTICLE: TECHNOPHOBIA


Technophobia

Technophobia—a fear of advanced technology—emerged alongside the mechanical innovations of the Industrial Revolution and became ever more pervasive as inventions ranging from the light bulb to the atomic bomb demonstrated technology’s astounding capabilities. Mild technophobia is quite common—many experience it when facing an unfamiliar computer system at a new job. More acute technophobes see technology as inherently dangerous. What well-known novel was one of the first to tackle technophobia? More… Discuss

 

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