Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2011 - Science - 224 pages
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In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst -- and the best -- of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will find themselves rethinking many of their bedrock assumptions: Should education transmit culture or defend us against it? Is technological innovation progress or a peculiarly American addiction? When everyone watches the same television programs -- and television producers don't discriminate between the audiences for Sesame Street and Dynasty -- is childhood anything more than a sentimental concept? Writing in the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Neil Postman sends shock waves of wit and critical intelligence through the cultural wasteland.


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Review: Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education

User Review  - Dennis Coxe - Goodreads

Unfortunately, Neil Postman passed away in 2003, but much of what this media theorist and cultural critic had to say during his lifetime still holds true today. This collection of short essays ... Read full review

Review: Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education

User Review  - Steve Chisnell - Goodreads

I've been looking forward to getting to this for some time! Postman's biting culture criticism turns to educational questions in the use of faddish technology and wonders about a teacher's and school ... Read full review

Contents

Defending Against the Indefensible
20
The Naming of Missiles
35
A Muted Celebration
53
The Parable of the Ring Around the Collar
67
The Educationist as Painkiller
82
Etiquette
97
Remembering the Golden Age
116
Alfred Korzybski
136
Future Shlock
162
SafeFail
175
Index
193
Copyright

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Neil Postman was chairman of the department of communication arts at New York University. He passed away in 2003. Steve Powers is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than forty-five years experience in broadcast news.

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