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Technology as magic : the triumph of the irrational

Author: Richard Stivers
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Stivers argues that our expectations of technology in society have led to the generation of a multitude of imitation technologies that function as magical practices once did.

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Stivers, Richard.
Technology as magic.
New York : Continuum, 1999
(OCoLC)607307765
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Stivers
ISBN: 0826412114 9780826412119 0826413676 9780826413673
OCLC Number: 41156480
Description: viii, 240 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Paradox of Technology and Magic --
Both Technology and Magic --
Ellul's Theory of the Three Milieus --
Magic in the Three Milieus --
Dramatized Information: The Basis of Psychological Magic --
The Disintegration of Discourse --
Atomistic Words and Phrases --
Commonplace Expressions, Slogans, and Cliches --
Visual Images in the Media --
Symbolism in the Milieu of Technology --
Statistical Information: The Basis of Administrative Magic --
Statistics Everywhere --
Statistics: Moral and Normal --
Equality: Statistical and Social --
Magical Numbers, Magical Words, Magical Images --
The Mass Media as Magic --
The Fabrication of Images --
The Culture of Advertising --
Technological Utopianism: Myth and Ritual of an Advertising Culture --
Magic in the Media --
Therapy, Self-Help, and Positive Thinking as Magic --
Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Social Work --
Self-Help and Positive Thinking --
The Effectiveness of Therapy --
Therapy as Magic --
Why the Individual and Society Need Therapy --
Management as Magic --
A Brief History of Management --
Contemporary Management Theories and Practices --
The Relation between Managerial Technique and Success --
Management as Magic --
Why Society and the Individual Need Management --
The Triumph of the Irrational --
The Failure of Education --
Irrationality and Freedom.
Responsibility: Richard Stivers.
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