Science, Technology and Society

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Science, Technology and Society

The intention of high-wheel bicycle is to get a higher translational velocity over the ground via replacing the front wheel with a lager-radius wheel. However, this attempt lead to the unstable of riding experience and potential harm. For young athletes and enthusiastic youth, this bicycle means passion. However, for some elder and women, they worry about the issue when a large wheel hit a piece of brick or stone, when rider try to check the wheel, the sudden check usually threw the rider over the handle bar. Therefore, a technological innovation or progress caused some unintended and undesired consequences. The social construction of safety caused the design of the bicycle to change to a more safe design

Gentle Tyranny is a sociological concept that describes the unintended restrictions placed on a population through social constructs.

Gentle tyranny

Some hallmarks of gentle tyranny include restriction on choice. The concept of Gentle Tyranny can be generally thought of as a projection of *"Hobson’s choice", wherein the illusion of choice is presented, but in reality, the consumer actually has none.

However it describes the phenomena of "living with the enduring consequences of sociotechnical changes that occurred years of even generations ago."

*A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one option is actually offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore really decided between taking the option or not. In other words, one may "take it or leave it."

While Gentle Tyranny is not explicitly defined in sociological circles, but more a general nomenclature for certain social and technological side effects, including the unintended consequences that arise from new developments.




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