Technopoly: the surrender of culture to technology

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Social Science - 222 pages
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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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User Review  - Andrew K. - Goodreads

Postman was a keen observer of various facets of our modern life. Technopoly offers consistently brilliant insights about technology (at the time of his writing, computers). I can barely imagine what ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisbeth - Goodreads

It has been a long time since I read this, but it has been a conversational touchstone since then. At the outset Postman got me to thinking of the development of language and writing as technology ... Read full review

Contents

From Tools to Technocracy
21
From Technocracy to Technopoly
40
The Improbable World
56
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Columbia University, Neil Postman is a communications theorist, educator, and writer who has been deeply involved with the issue of the impact of the media and advanced communications technology on American culture. In his many books, Postman has strongly opposed the idea that technology will "save" humanity. In fact, he has focused on the negative ways in which television and computers alter social behavior. In his book Technopoly, Postman argues that the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys humanity by creating a culture with no moral structure. Thus, technology can be a dangerous enemy as well as a good friend. Postman, who is married and has three children, currently is a professor of media ecology at New York University and editor of Et Cetera, the journal of general semantics. In addition to his books, he has contributed to various magazines and periodicals, including Atlantic and The Nation. He has also appeared on the television program Sunrise Semester. Postman is the holder of the Christian Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching from New YorkUniversity.