by Mike Kubic
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Fear of Change
- Henry Ford
In his essay "Fear of Change," Henry Ford, the inventor of the Model T and the assembly line discusses why he believes some resist innovation and change.Pair “Opposing Innovation: The Luddite Lesson” with “Fear of Change” and have students discuss the effect of advances in technology and industry on society. How does Ford's perspective on societal change compare with our understanding of the Luddites?
Human or Machine? A.I. Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'
- Scott Neuman
In 2014, a chatbot named Eugene Goostman fooled a third of human testers into believing it was a real human.Pair “Opposing Innovation: The Luddite Lesson” with “Human or Machine? A.I. Experts Reportedly Pass the ‘Turing Test’” and ask students to compare the central ideas of the two pieces. How are we affected by technology? What impulse governs our fear of technology?
Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?
- David Kestenbaum
Experts discuss their competing viewpoints about whether or not technological breakthroughs will make obsolete a significant number of jobs.Pair “Opposing Innovation: The Luddite Lesson” with “Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out of Entire Careers?” and ask students to discuss the legitimacy of fears over technological advancement. Would Mike Kubic likely agree with McAfee or Autor?
The Curse Of The Inability To Imagine
- Tania Lombrozo for NPR
In “The Curse of the Inability to Imagine,” Tania Lombrozo discusses how present-day technology prevents people from accurately imagining the past and the future.Pair “Opposing Innovation” with “The Curse of the Inability to Imagine” and ask students to discuss how people view technology differently. How does technology impact our lives, both directly and indirectly? Encourage them to think beyond the intended uses of particular machines, and instead ask questions about how our experiences and expectations about technology impact how we view ourselves.
Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills
- Brian Clark Howard
In the informational text “Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills,” Brian Clark Howard discusses the potential benefits of using wireless charging devices.Pair “Opposing Innovation” with “Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the advantages of innovation. How do the benefits that came with the Industrial Revolution compare to the benefits that modern technology could bring? Do students think that there are any disadvantages to the technological progress discussed in the two texts?
Smartphones Put Your Privacy At Risk
- Maria Temming
In the informational text “Smartphones Put Your Privacy At Risk,” Maria Temming discusses how smartphones are a potential risk to your private information.Pair “Opposing Innovation: The Luddite Lesson” with “Smartphones Put Your Privacy At Risk” and ask students to discuss how major innovations change the world. How do the problems that arise from innovation, technological or otherwise, actually lead to further innovation and more advanced developments within a field? How do both texts support the idea that more innovation is necessary to solve the problems that innovation may cause?