YSU prof creates Pittsburgh audio walk

Dana Sperry, an associate professor of digital media in Youngstown State University’s art department, created “The Why Here: 1877 Railroad Strike,” a self-guided audio walk that explores and contrasts the historical events of Pittsburgh’s 1877 railroad strike with swift technological and economic shifts.

The walk examines the physical and intellectual connections between the largely forgotten uprising of 1877 and technology advancements currently taking place just blocks away by Big Tech corporations such as Uber. The audio walk illustrates the human consequences that occur when a society greatly alters its technology and economic models.

It begins at the northwest corner of 28th Street and Liberty Avenue in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh at the historic marker acknowledging the 1877 Railroad Strike. It runs about 50 minutes and ends at Uber Advanced Technologies Group near 32nd Street.

According to Sperry, “I’m not a historian, but I like to think of how history dovetails into technology and how it affects us at different intersections of life–in other words, what technology is doing to us.”

Detailed information about how to access the audio walk can be found at the whyhere.com.


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