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Technopoly by Neil Postman
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Postman argues that technology isn't neutral, that human behavior and content is adapted to suit any new technology. For example, writing for television (or online, to modernize his example) isn't the same as writing for print. He writes well and his argument is more nuanced than some of the others I've read recently, but many of his conclusions are way off-base. For instance, he thinks that science has obliterated religion (tell that to those fighting to keep creationism out of biology textbooks) and predicts computers will make the remnants of orality obsolete (with the internet, they're having the opposite effect).

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