Wednesday, 6 June 2012

I am currently reading David E Nye's, Technology Matters, Questions to Live With. (Borrowing it from Plymouth University Library so must get myself a copy!)

A very interesting and appropriate chapter to my current work (now known as sub/supra iii/pioneer), Sustainable Abundance, or Ecological Crisis. 

He relates to J.B Jackson (one of the founders in Landscape Studies) whom I have previously mentioned and comments, 

'Landscape is not natural; it is cultural. It is not static; it is part of an evolving set of economic and social relationships. Landscapes are part of the infrastructure of existence, and they are inseparable from the technologies that people have used to shape land and to shape their vision. People continually put the land to new uses, and what appears to be natural to one generation is often the struggle during a previous generation. Some of the apparently wild moors beloved of hikers in Britain were once thickly forested. In other parts of England and Scotland, land owners evicted small farmers during the period of enclosure, creating a countryside that visitors now take to be "natural"........Almost everywhere, the appearence of the land is the result of an interregional interplay between agriculture, industry, and leisure activities. Technologies also affect the air, which carry traces of smoke, microscopic particles, pollen, carbon monoxide and the dust raised by travel.'

D.E.Nye (2006:88-89)

The Mit Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts
London, England

............and washing machines possibly distribute plastic fibres into the sea!!!!

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