January 20 – 26: OPEN FORUM: “Could Our Man in Havana be written today?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week the Thriller Roundtable is an open forum: all readers of the BIG THRILL are invited to comment as we discuss Our Man In Havana. Could it be written today? What other modern device might substitute for his elaborate plans? We look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts!



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  1. Yes, most definitely. Technology is more complicated with some applications and features understood months after the product has been on the market. Many are technically illiterate, but may not admit as much. The section on Technological Literacy in “Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding” from Science and Engineering Indicators 2004 is revealing, and quotes a National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council Report: “Technology has become so user friendly it is largely ‘invisible.’ Americans use technology with a minimal comprehension of how or why it works or the implications of its use or even where it comes from. American adults and children have a poor understanding of the essential characteristics of technology, how it influences society, and how people can and affect its development.” This finding from more than a decade ago is even more true today and why the technologically adept can easily fool those who are less adept, not to mention the widening levels of inequality and corruption between developing and developed countries and within both. http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind04/c7/c7s2.htm Greene explored all these trends and more.

  2. Definitely, with only minor adjustments. The schematics of Dyson would work just as well. The overall bumbling approach to bureaucracy would be just as applicable.

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