Rage Against the Machine: Technology, Rebellion, and the Industrial Revolution

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Rage Against the Machine is set in the midst of the period of wage crisis, class conflict, and rapid technological change in Manchester, England during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. The players are drawn from all classes of society, from lords to laborers and everything in between. This game provides a platform for deep discussion of the complexities of the Industrial Revolution by engaging the students in serious reading of key historical texts (Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Robert Owen) and prompting subsequent debates about industrialization, unemployment, labor exploitation and the impact of technology on traditional manufacturing.

About the Authors:

Megan Squire is an associate professor of Computer Science at Elon University. Her primary research focus is on open source systems, "hacking capitalism", and a commons-based peer production of software. This interest has spawned the development of a General Studies seminar in Technology and Society, which allows student exploration of the impact of technology on societies, specifically through role playing the Trial of Galileo in 1616 and the Industrial Revolution in Manchester 1817. Megan has a PhD in computer science from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Brendan Palla is an Assistant Professor of ILC/Ethics at University of Great Falls. He teaches philosophy and interdisciplinary coursework in tandem with professors from multiple disciplines. He was a teaching fellow at Fordham University prior to moving to Big Sky country in 2014. A member of the core curriculum revision team, he helped research and articulate a foundation for the new Lumen de Lumine core. He has also taught ethics for the School of Health Professions.His scholarship focuses on the Catholic Intellectual tradition, with an emphasis on Aquinas’ robust account of human freedom, alongside Aristotelian concepts of the common good.

Louise Blakeney Williams is a professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. She received her B.A. in philosophy with distinction, from The University of Michigan in 1979. She subsequently received her M.A. from Columbia University. She completed her Ph.D. in history at Columbia University in 1992, under the direction of Sir David Cannadine. Dr. Williams joined the faculty at CCSU as an Assistant Professor in 1997. Prior to her arrival at CCSU, she taught at Lehman College, The City University of New York and New York University. Her teaching interests include Imperialism with a focus on the British Empire, modern British history, Irish history, modern European history, and intellectual and cultural history.