Silicon Valley of the Nineteenth Century
Modern America in the Silicon Valley of the 19th Century by
P. Thomas Carroll)
In a remarkably
analogous pattern, the area around the Rensselaer Institute of the 1800s
behaved very much like the Silicon Valley of the 19th century.
Valley and its many would-be clones, including the upper Hudsons own
nascent Tech Valley, are pivotal to the transition from an urban-industrial,
modernist culture to a post-industrial, postmodern entity that we still
dont understand terribly well. In the Troy areas Silicon Valley
of the 19th century, the transition was from rural agrarian lifestyles to
the urban-industrial, modernist cultural system we all tend to take for
granted as the normal or default way of life.
First and foremost,
in both Silicon Valley now and in Greater Troy then, we see a deliberate,
coordinated attempt to make cutting-edge technological innovation the focus
for regional economic prosperity.