So much has changed since the 50s but at least we still sometimes eat dinner in front of the TV. Welcome back to my blog and this post will be a summative post telling you all about my most recent project where we tried to figure out how Canadian life has developed after WW2 and it wouldn’t be a project of mine if I didn’t find a way to bring mountain biking into it. We did this all while trying to answer our driving question for this project which was, How did Canadian life develop after WW2
My ‘History Of MTB’ presentation 1
Something which you’ve probably seen before, is all the planning we make for projects like this. I’ve used this specific planner for all the 8 podcast episodes I’ve done this year and even in previous years for projects we’ve made for exhibitions have had similar planning to this. 2
It is without a doubt that life on earth is always changing very fast. There are certain times in history when this change slows down, and speeds up. The 1950s were one of these times in history when everything is changing very fast. This was due to many variables and the most major event to force this change was WW2
After WW2, many hadn’t had a normal way of living and in the 50s is when many were finally settling down in suburban communities trying to enjoy life. Since WW2 was essentially a race to get the technological upper hand on whoever was on the opposing side. There was new knowledge about how technology worked which lead to many new innovations which were replacing old technology, such as many kitchen appliances and some major lifestyle changing inventions. A great example of this was the first commercial TV which almost completely replaced the radio and with that came many new opportunities to connect with the consumers.
This was when the term “Nuclear Family” really got more defined as TV shows like ‘Cinderella’ made a standard for women to try to follow. More standards like this were being made as people wanted to follow what they assumed the standard was. A nuclear family now turned into what every family strived for which was a couple with two dependent children living in a suburban household with the mom having to spend everyday making sure the house is in perfect condition for anytime there might be guests visiting. Every family wanted to be seen as the perfect family and so every mother was almost forced to do this while the dad was at work and the children were either at school or with their friends.
The 50s were still a tough time to live as many were still recovering from the war but the support given and all the new inventions allowed families to start a new life in a suburban neighbourhood, and nuclear families all around were greatly affected by developments in technology and as a society.
If you want to see a different perspective on the History of MTB or the 50s go check out Owens blog
- This project showed my Discuss, Listen and speak competency as I did research and taught myself all about the beginnings of the sport and how it’s changed. After, I relayed that information in a presentation and discussed about any questions people had . ↩
- Another great thing with the planner is being able to see what I’ve had to change to make a great podcast episode. This also kind of ties in to our second competency which is continuity and change. Although this is a very different way of looking at it, you can still see what has stayed the same in my script and what has changed just like how mountain biking has changed. ↩