Technopoly : the surrender of culture to technology /

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Author / Creator:Postman, Neil.
Edition:1st Vintage books ed.
Imprint:New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
Description:xii, 222 pages ; 21 cm
Subject:Technology -- Social aspects.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Technologie - Aspect social.
Technologie -- Aspect social.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Originally published: 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 1992.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-210) and index.
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Summary:A social critic argues that the United States has become a "technopoly"--A system that sacrifices social institutions for self-perpetuating technological advancement--and suggests ways to use technical skills to enhance our democracy.
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Postman presents a view found in literature from Siegfried Giedion's Mechanization Takes Command (1948) through the writings of Jacques Ellul. One might trace back to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee. . . (1889). That technology and the rest of culture are integrated has been recognized for decades. Postman's proposition is that technology has provided an informational overload, making the recipient almost a voyeur and unable to discriminate among data. The apotheosis of indiscriminate accumulation is the game of Trivial Pursuit. The result, he says, is the unquestioning acceptance of technological offerings to the point that technology "takes command." To which observation he adds the deification of "science" (and technology), trivialization of symbols, and loss of morals and values. People, through growing dependence on technology, have lost autonomy, replacing inner-directedness with other- (techno-) directedness. The author balances his criticisms with recommendations: study history of technology to understand its underlying assumptions and study comparative religion to gain a view of morals and values that are being overridden or ignored in the present world. For a literate general readership. R. F. G. Spier; University of MissouriDSColumbia

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