5.7 – Clinton & the 1990s / The Information Age

Readings for the 1990s

FTR 5.2.2017 readings

Douglas Copeland, ‘The 1990s – the Good Decade’

Kurt Anderson, “The Best Decade Ever? The 1990s, obviously”

CNN, ’90 moments from the 90s’

Be able to identify examples of popular music artists, athletes, and actors from the 1990s.

Discussion questions

Why did Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992?

What were the aims of the Republican party in the 1990s, as shown in the ‘Contract with America’?

What were some of the major social and cultural issues that Americans disagreed over in the 1990s?

What was the general state of the U.S. economy during the 1990s?

What were some of the ways that “globalization” influenced the U.S. economy and culture during the 1990s?

Should Bill Clinton be seen as a more liberal, or conservative, president? Which of his policies and statements led some observers to describe him as a ‘centrist’ president?

How important was U.S. foreign policy to most Americans in the 1990s?

Who were some of the major musicians, actors, and athletes of the 1990s?


Readings for the Information Age

Wikipedia, the Digital Revolution

Stephanie Buck, “40 years of cell-phone history”

Adam Sneed, “In 1995, 5th Graders Predicted Today’s Internet in a PSA”

Discussion questions

What are some of the major advances in computer and communications technology that have reshaped American life since the 1980s?

In your view, what are some of the positive influences that social media and the increasing ability to be instantaneously in contact with other people from seemingly anywhere have had on American life? What are some of the negative influences?

What role has the increasing use of technology in the classroom had on your education? What positive, or negative, impacts have you noticed?

How do you think technology will influence education, especially college education, in the future?

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