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"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
A prophet well ahead of his time. Ellul describes the enslavement of society by technology, systems thinking and a mindless search for efficiency.Published 3 months ago by Mark Hemenway
Amazing book- it transformed my perspective on our current state of technical affairs.Published 5 months ago by Perrin
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 23 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 on April 13, 2013 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 on March 2, 2013 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 on September 25, 2012 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 on September 3, 2012 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