Hats Off to Technique
In Edward Tenner’s ‘The Technology of Shoelaces’ he talks about the idea of how little a shoelace has changed since it was first invented. Sure it has been tampered with and improved a lot but for the most part it has always remained the same shape and form. This is not the case with something as simple as a hat. Something we wear on your head can distinguish who we are. When we look back on one of the most important things in both the reading and lecture, technology and technique. The hat itself is a technology “it’s a thing you use to do something with,” (John stated in the lecture). You wear a hat to hide your hair, protect your face from the sun, and in the olden days to store things. On the other hand in today’s society we wear hats for totally different reasons. Why is it something as simple as a hat that can define us? A hat can define many things about one person. Just by taking a glance at a person with a hat, depending on the hat we can assume interests, religion, class, and everything else. This is because our minds are programmed to stereotype.
With hats there is many different shapes and sizes. The interesting thing about them is you can relate it to about every aspect of a person’s life. Technique is the reason that makes the hat special. Hats can also show culture in many ways. Edward Tenner refers to this type of technique as a symbolic meaning. In Religion we have hats modified to show a persons beliefs such as the Yamaka for the Jewish faith. It’s not like anyone chooses to wear the hat because it looks good on them or suits their outfit. This article is a display of faith. It displays their beliefs and way of life. In other words culture. The hat in someway affects what type of person we want people to distinguish us as. On a much smaller scale we see people on the streets with a Toronto Maple Leafs hat and right away assume they cheer for the team, these people are the team’s fan base and also a very clear example...
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