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Technopoly : the surrender of culture to technology

Author: Neil Postman
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1992.
Series: Science, health & technology (Booknotes); Culture, values & religion (Booknotes)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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With characteristic wit and candor, Neil Postman, our most astute and engaging cultural critic, launches a trenchant and harrowing warning against the tyranny of machines over man in the late twentieth century. We live in a time when physical well-being is determined by CAT scan results. Facts need the substantiation of statistical study. The human mind needs "deprogramming" while computers catch devastating
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Postman, Neil.
Technopoly.
New York : Knopf, 1992
(OCoLC)555428287
Online version:
Postman, Neil.
Technopoly.
New York : Knopf, 1992
(OCoLC)608408234
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Postman
ISBN: 0394582721 9780394582726 0679745408 9780679745402
OCLC Number: 24694343
Description: xii, 222 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The judgment of Thamus --
From tools to technocracy --
From technocracy to technopoly --
The improbable world --
The broken defenses --
The ideology of machines : medical technology --
The ideology of machines : computer technology --
Invisible technologies --
Scientism --
The great symbol drain --
The loving resistance fighter.
Series Title: Science, health & technology (Booknotes); Culture, values & religion (Booknotes)
Responsibility: Neil Postman.
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With characteristic wit and candor, Neil Postman, our most astute and engaging cultural critic, launches a trenchant and harrowing warning against the tyranny of machines over man in the late twentieth century. We live in a time when physical well-being is determined by CAT scan results. Facts need the substantiation of statistical study. The human mind needs "deprogramming" while computers catch devastating "viruses." We live, then, in a Technopoly -- a self-justifying, self-perpetuating system wherein technology of every kind is cheerfully granted sovereignty over social institutions and national life. In this provocative work, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation from a society that uses technology to one that is shaped by it, as he traces its effects upon what we mean by politics, intellect, religion, history -- even privacy and truth. But if Technopoly is disturbing, it is also a passionate rallying cry filled with a humane rationalism as it asserts the manifold means by which technology, placed within the context of our larger human goals and social values, is an invaluable instrument for furthering the most worthy human endeavors. - Back cover

In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it--with radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, education, intelligence, and truth.

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