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Technopoly by Neil Postman
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Jul 12, 11

bookshelves: sociology
Read from December 31, 1998 to January 06, 1999, read count: 1

As usual, Postman made me think, and not just while I was reading the book. I took the thinking with me right out into the world. This book was frightening, distressing, yet at times it made me snort at the idiosyncrasies of this society.
I like Postman because he pulls no punches, yet he loves this country and he knows how to find the good in the things he is criticizing. From writing, to printing, telegraphy, photography, all the way up to computers -- he writes about how we have changed from tool-users to a society used by its tools. A "technopoly". And I think he's right. We are ruled by our technologies and it is healthy to be somewhat suspicious of that.
His hypothesis in that our salvation from Technopoly lies in a new way of educating the young was provocative and hopeful -- yet so unlikely that much of the time I felt quite desolate. Yet it was important to read it.
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