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Read online Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology 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 by Neil Postman

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Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Title:Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
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ISBN:0679745408
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Number of Pages:222
Category:non-fiction, technology, philosophy, sociology, cultural, science, education
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From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood br br Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research Neil Postman author of Technopoly suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten year olds, 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, No description available, Postman suggests that the current crisis in our educational system derives from its failure to supply students with a translucent unifying narrative like those that inspired earlier generations Instead today s schools promote the false gods of economic utility consumerism or ethnic separatism and resentment What alternative strategies can we use to instill our children with a sense of global citizenship healthy intellectual skepticism respect of America s traditions and appreciation of its diversity In answering this question i The End of Education i restores meaning and common sense to the arena in which they are most urgently needed br br Informal and clear Postman s ideas about education are appealingly fresh New York Times Book Review