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Neil Postman takes a pessimistic view of technology and its future in his book Technopoly The Surrender of Culture to Technology Upon first reading of the title I was prepared for yet another example of meaningless technology bashing Context-free sentiments such as Kill your TV seem to flow unimpeded from every angle especially from university facultywriters While Postmans delivery is certainly not the Kaopectate required for this problem it does attempt to provide context and explanation for why society must keep at least one eye open when accepting new technologies The main point of this book is that society is becoming much too dependent on new technologies Consequently Postman argues technological development has reached a plateau previously reserved for such cornerstones of truth like God and ideals of morality We have become slaves to our inventions This is the definition of a technopoly Postman thoroughly points out all of the negative consequences and implications of this The quantification of everything loss of moral authorities and the devaluation of meaningful symbols are just a sample of the many problems that Postman attributes to the rise of technology The one important aspect left out in this book is something that Postman claims to be important in his prefaceWe may learn from this that it is a mistake to suppose that any technological innovation has a one-sided effect Every technology is both a burden and ablessing not either or but this and that Postman 5I realize that it is important to have a dissenting voice in a predominantly pro-technology society However to argue an issue in need of a cost-benefit analysis by only presenting costs and negative aspects is silly and misleading The tone of Technopoly is consequently a little paranoid and at times leads to premature conclusionsThe first part of this book begins by dividing cultures into three groups Tool using cultures did have
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