"With monumental calm and maddening thoroughness he goes through one human activity after another and shows how it has been technicized -- rendered efficient -- and diminished in the process.... "
-- Paul Pickrel, Harper's
"The Technological Society is one of the most important books of the second half of the twentieth century. In it, Jacques Ellul convincingly demonstrates that technology, which we continue to conceptualize as the servant of man, will overthrow everything that prevents the internal logic of its development, including humanity itself -- unless we take the necessary steps to move human society out of the environment that 'technique' is creating to meet its own needs."
-- Robert Theobald, The Nation
"...The effect is a contained intellectual explosion, a heated recognition of a tragic complication that has overtaken contemporary society."
-- Scott Buchanan, George Washington Law Review
The book is very interesting, thought-provoking and I'm realy recommending.
The Technological Society is a book of immense insight, clarity of thought and mesmerising, profound passages on reality as it is shaped by technique.
It was rather tough to get through and somewhat dry and boring in many parts, but the information and thought put into this text is top notch.
If you want to know where "they" are taking us, read it here. From the horse's mouth, what's really intended for us.Published 12 months ago by RadioMaven
But--it seems his works are not aging well, at least for me. I was, as many were enamored by his works when they were fairly fresh off the press but not so much now. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael R. Stone
I loved this book! It was rather tough to get through and somewhat dry and boring in many parts, but the information and thought put into this text is top notch. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hillbilly Hippie
French philosopher Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was also a Christian lay theologian and a leader in the French Resistance during the second World War. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joyce
I have bought this book for my seminar of technology. I have to say that the language is in low level, but the font text is little spread. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Liados
Marx where alive he would undoubtedly agree with Jacques Ellul.
Drum roll please....Technique is autonomous from human control, a survival of the fittest takes place:... Read more
If you want to buy this book, the most important thing to consider is that you will have to put a lot of time, patience, and work into digesting the content. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by David A. Resendez
It is the victory of technique over humanity that man has become almost entirely incapable of appreciating the weight of Ellul's arguments. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by dissonance
Ellul has had a lasting impact on me. I read probably 10 or 15 of his books 30 years ago. His material is still some of the best available. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Donald A. Desmith