What ‘Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel’ Teaches Us about Technology (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic explores Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, an early twentiethcentury children’s book and ostensible parable for technological change.

The book, and other Burton classics, deal with automation and its effect on jobs and industry. Burton’s texts display an ambivalence to technology and ask the pertinent question: Is progress a good thing? Read more.


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