Technopoly: The Surrender Of Culture To Technology
ISBN: 0679745408
EAN13: 9780679745402
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 31, 1993
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 8" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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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   A must for anyone involved with technology
Postman argues that our society has lost the ambiguities and subtleties that make us human as the development of technology. Instead, doctors rely too much on tests, rather than trusting their own judgement skills, and students are primarily assessed on test scores, rather than other factors. Our lives are dominated by technology, we wake up to an alarm clock, our lives are run around the public transportation schedules and the eleven o 'clock news. Although Postman does not advocate the abandonment of technology, he encourages us to be aware that technology is indeed running our lives. The problem is that most of us are not even aware of the extent that it is, and we need to use technology responsibly. I would say a very thought provoking perspective. I think that anyone who has anything to do with the development of technology should read this book.
   A Critical Look at Technology and the Human Experience
Postman analyzes critically how we use technology and how we use it to abuse us and also to ourselves. But we all know the truth : poor beings are the ones who make the human choices. We are overly dependent on technology and we misuse it in some cases. The issues about which Postman writes are as important today as when the book was first published.
   A New Age: Technopoly?
Postman explores the relationship between culture and technology. He has noted two things up front : Technology is a friend. It makes life easier, cleaner and longer. . Technology does not invite a close examination of its own consequences. Its gifts are not without a heavy cost. And so begins Postman's discussion of our current situation, described as technopoly.
   A real eye opener
If you have ever asked this question, this book is for you. It not only explains the theories behind the current trends, but forces us to look at what caused them. From the tool age to the technology age, Postman has put a look at what our culture values and why. Why do we place values on such things as the human mind? Is the information we receive from the world of technology filtered or has it become so bad that we are no longer free-thinking humans, but controlled by what we are told by technology. Read this book and make your own conclusions on the world we live in, this technopoly.
   An essential tool for understanding change
I read this book years ago, but its insights help me understand the changes that take place around us continually. The essential point of Postman is that technological change-and he's talking about all such change, from the Stone Age onwards brings about changes in culture. These changes are both subtle and profound, so that Postman offers a wealth of examples from different eras. The greater the cultural change, the more dramatic the technological shift is. He is not per se against technological development. He simply asks that you look at it and try to see the changes as they occur in the hope of mitigating the inevitable downsides. New technologies involve what he calls Faustian bargains - they give you something, but they also take something away. I have to say that I was very taken aback by the number of people here who really did not seem to understand or, frankly, to address the main point of this fine and valuable book.
   Prescient and Hilarious
Ever since Neil Postman published Technopoly '' in 1993, the dystopian world ruled by the technocrats and scientism he described has become so embedded in the fabric of life that no one questions it anymore. Data, rankings and pseudo-science have come to dominate our culture and order our thinking so that no one actually thinks. Nothing that Postman says in this book is particularly surprising or fresh, but he writes in such a refreshing and amusing way that I enjoyed reading thoroughly. It is so unfortunate that we no longer have Postman with us to critique the Internet and the rise of smartphones - it would have made for devastatingly funny reading.
   A Must Read
This book should be read by everyone. It is twice read. From it and teach others about technology destroying our culture, some may have to read it twice, but it is eye opening to the negative changes in our culture today. My new favorite book has become Technopoly.
   Summarily Prescient
Read this book if you want to understand how electronic communications have eroded, if not obliterated the American traditions of family, civic responsibility, morality, and patriotism. If we are to reform the freedom of the press, freedom of thought, and the society that has awarded the Constitution and Bill of Rights in America, we must preserve the public education system in America. Technip of Neil Postman is a sound study of all forces in opposition to a brilliant social education. I highly recommend '' this book.
   e-reader format useless for academic citation purposes
I bought this for a graduate class and opted for the e-reader version, so I had it without delay. The book is really great, but the lack of page numbers is a nightmare for someone who needs to cite page numbers in academic writing. The e-reader format needs to include some way to map passages to a pagination in a printed book, for this to be useful to academics.
   The Rise of the Technocrats
In essence, the author is modern scientism, which has infiltrated correct society to the point of inanity in many instances. For example, what is an IQ test? What does it truly measure beside basic math skills, reading comprehension and vocabulary? This intelligence is that? And what is the point of underlying efficiency without a bureaucratic purpose? However, Postman's solution to these problems would probably not suffice to compel students to think critically. It would be another form of indoctrination merely. What students should read instead is to do this book.