Social Studies - 2019-20
USII.9b - New Technologies
The student will apply social science skills to understand the key domestic and international issues during the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by
b) describing the development of new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business and their impact on American life;
Racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequalities were addressed by individuals, groups, and organizations. Varying political philosophies prompted debates over the role of the federal government in regulating the economy and providing a social safety net.
Is there one American experience?
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The period following World War II leading up to the early twenty-first century marked the “information age.” New technologies in communication, entertainment, and business dramatically changed American life.
Industries benefiting from new technologies
Airline industry (jet engine)
Automobile industry and interstate highway system
Entertainment and news media industries
Exploration of space
Satellite systems, telecommunications industry
Internet, social media
Impact of new technologies on American life
Increased domestic and international travel for business and pleasure
Greater access to news and other information
Cheaper and more convenient means of communication
Greater access to heating and air-conditioning improved the quality of life and encouraged population growth in certain areas of the country
Decreased regional variation resulting from nationwide access to the same entertainment and information provided by national television and radio programming, Internet services, and computer games