- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (March 31, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679745408
- ISBN-13: 978-0679745402
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
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Neil Postman is one of the most level-headed analysts of education, media, and technology, and in this book he spells out the increasing dependence upon technology, numerical quantification, and misappropriation of "Scientism" to all human affairs. No simple technophobe, Postman argues insightfully and writes with a stylistic flair, profound sense of humor, and love of language increasingly rare in our hastily scribbled e-mail-saturated world.
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Mixing provocative insights and cliched criticisms, Postman defines the U.S. as a society in which technology is deified to a near-totalitarian degree.
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I prefer the way that Ian Morris explains the past and predicts the future. Here are his major books: “Why the West Rules for Now” (published in 2010) and “War! What is it Good For?” (2014)
Postman’s major books are: “Technopoly” (published in 1992) and “Amusing Ourselves to Death” (1985).
I enjoyed looking at YouTube interviews with both authors describing their books. Ian Morris is a much more dynamic speaker.
This is a book about how technology affects the way a society interprets and thinks about all aspects of life and culture. Postman starts by looking at the past and very low tech (writing, for instance) and ends up examining the tech of the present. This book was first published in the 80s with a reprint in 1993, so some of Post's observations about computers and TV are very dated. I would love to see a 2nd edition to this book to address the technology of today and it's accessibility.
Despite the dated comments on present tech (which in the present age is understandibly difficult to keep up with) the overall thesis is highly relevant and this book should be read by all, science and tech enthusiast or no. It will definitely make you think about things you have previously taken for granted. The next time you use any technology, from a pen to a pda to a dvd player, you will ask yourself how this skews your world view.