For my final project I would like to delve in the area of Jimmy Corrigan specifically involving the prompt about the World’ Columbian Exhibition. I believe that the World’s Columbian Exhibition is a very significant milestone in the development of modern technology. As we discussed briefly in class, the use of steam-powered turbines of the time was nowhere to be found in the exhibition. This marks one of, if not the first, actual example of a massive event occurring completely powered by electricity.
My Idea is simple: Ware is making a commentary on modern technology, specifically electricity, and it’s adverse effects on the modern man. What I plan on finding out is whether or not there is a correlation with modern technology and the increase in human depression throughout the 20th and 21st century. Is it simply modern medicine knowing more about depression now a days? Or is Ware right, and ever since electricity (arguably the mark of the technology age) human beings are becoming more depressed about life and living lives similar to Jimmy filled with bland colors, depressing jobs, and overly protective mother’s? Thanks technology!