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Summary

In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, Postman chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it. According to Postman, technology is rapidly gaining sovereignty over social institutions and national life to become self-justifying, self-perpetuating, and omnipresent. He warns that this will have radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, religion, family, education, privacy, intelligence, and truth, as they are redefined to fit the requirements of the technological thought-world.

©1992 Neil Postman (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • DB
  • 20-01-18

Must read!

You have to read/hear this (and Oliver James' The Selfish Capitalist Origins of Affluenza) to properly understand (and be able to articulate) what it is about our modern world that is making us so ignorant, controllable, and unhappy.

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  • Dave M
  • 19-07-16

Indispensable

This is indispensable to philosophy of science and/or technology. Postman is more relevant now than ever.

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  • D. Cassidy
  • 30-04-15

Error in recording

With 10:48 left in chapter 4, there is a jump that is clearly an error. Two unrelated thoughts get connected across the break. This needs a fix.

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  • Carter
  • 09-03-15

Great read (listen)

Reading this book was insightful... Considering the book was published in 1992 the contents are relevant in 2015.

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  • Mike
  • 03-07-18

Eye Opening

This is an astounding and well thought out description of how technology simulates human progress. It delves into topics that I have been thinking about for years.

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  • M. Kovgan
  • 30-03-18

wonderful book

I just followed on John Cheese's lead.

it hasn't failed me!

thank You, Mr Cleese!

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  • James
  • 21-11-17

A manual for American culture

I know it's not easy to look our own cultural assumptions in the face, but this book should be essential reading for every literate American.

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  • shelley
  • 10-11-17

A Mandatory Read for All Educators!

This should be a required Text in EVERY Classroom!
Furthermore, all educators should be taught this text in an extensive Training!!

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  • mark s. zumhagen
  • 26-07-17

Amazing

Neil Postman does that which is so incredibly difficult to do. He steps back and analyzes our culture from the outside. This is must reading for anyone interested in delving into the root of our educational and societal malaise. At the same time it is a fascinating and enjoyable read/listen.