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The cult of information : a neo-Luddite treatise on high tech, artificial intelligence, and the true art of thinking

Author: Theodore Roszak
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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As we devote ever-increasing resources to providing, or prohibiting, access to information via computer, Theodore Roszak reminds us that voluminous information does not necessarily lead to sound thinking. "Data glut" obscures basic questions of justice and purpose and may even hinder rather than enhance our productivity. In this revised and updated edition of The Cult of Information, Roszak reviews the disruptive  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0520085841 9780520085848
OCLC Number: 28927934
Description: xlviii, 267 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: In Defense of the Naked Mind: Introduction to the Second Edition --
Computer and General Ludd --
How Artificial Can Intelligence Be? --
Meanwhile, Back at the Carnival ... --
End of the War Machine? --
Advent of the Money Machine --
Edutainment from Apple II to Metroid II --
Ideal of the On-Line Commonwealth --
And Finally ... A Few Words for the Rest of Us --
1. "Information, Please" --
Information Old-Style --
Enter UNIVAC --
Cybernetics and the Secret of Life --
Messages Without Meanings --
Biocomputer --
2. Data Merchants --
High Tech and the Conservative Opportunists --
Sunbelt Politics and the Warfare State --
Megahype --
Hackers and Hucksters --
Silicon and Natural Selection --
Technophilia --
3. Hidden Curriculum --
Chimera of Computer Literacy --
Solution in Search of Problems --
Computerized Campus --
Power and Dependency --
Private Universe --
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As we devote ever-increasing resources to providing, or prohibiting, access to information via computer, Theodore Roszak reminds us that voluminous information does not necessarily lead to sound thinking. "Data glut" obscures basic questions of justice and purpose and may even hinder rather than enhance our productivity. In this revised and updated edition of The Cult of Information, Roszak reviews the disruptive role the computer has come to play in international finance and the way in which "edutainment" software and computer games degrade the literacy of children. At the same time, he finds hopeful new ways in which the library and free citizens' access to the Internet and the national data-highway can turn computer technology into a democratic and liberating force. Roszak's examination of the place of computer technology in our culture is essential reading for all those who use computers, who are intimidated by computers, or who are concerned with the appropriate role of computers in the education of our children. --Publisher description.

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