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09/08/2019

need essay topic for anthropology of science and technology course. any ideas?

QUESTION
need essay topic for anthropology of science and technology course. any ideas?
i have my term paper due next week but i dont know what to write it about! To give you guys an idea of the kind of topic im looking for, we have gone over issues in organ transplantation, cyborgs, etc. I want a unique topic that also has plenty of relevant literature that i can use. Another example is some guy in my class is doing a paper about ethics in using mind enhancing drugs. Ideas would be appreciated!

ANSWER
In terms of writing an essay you want to really narrow down your question… a topic that has always interested me is how the internet and computers have changed social relations through e-mail communication, people who will never meet in rl communicating from opposite sides of the globe simultaneously in chat rooms, the imagined sense of community (like on this message board) when all individuals are doing is sitting in front of a faceless computer monitor etc….. there should be loads online on this topic too.. the anthropology of cyberspace etc…

You could also look at the impact of genetics on society.. how those affluent enough can get their genome mapped and hence combat potential illness, creating an even wider gap between rich and poor etc…. there is the possibility in the future of there being discrimination based on genome type much like employers today use psychological testing etc.. like the earlier contributor mentioned Gattaca.. which is an excellent movie.

Good luck