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