Topic for Tonight’s Class: Technology and the National Parks

While thinking about and searching for a topic for tonight’s class, I came across this website: http://www.georgewright.org/

The George Wright Society “is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and management of cultural and natural parks and reserves through research and education.”  As the George Wright Society aims to increase understanding of protected areas, such as the national parks, they offer many articles about, and insights into issues that we have discussed in class.  The writing by John Shultis, Consuming Nature: The Uneasy Relationship Between Technology, Outdoor Recreation, and Protected Areas, highlights and summarizes many of the issues that we have discussed in class regarding the effects of how we view the national parks as a consumer culture.

Maybe we will get a chance to explore some of these issues further after reading John Shultis’s piece, which you can read here: http://www.georgewright.org/181shultis.pdf

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