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Technopoly

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

In his introduction, Neil Postman claims that “the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys the vital sources of our humanity. It creates a culture without a moral foundation. It undermines certain mental processes and social relations that make human life worth living.” The eleven chapters that follow contain similarly extreme statements about the state of American society under “Technopoly.” In these brief chapters, Postman covers everything from a history of technological development to suggestions for school curriculum reforms to train “resistance fighters” against the capitulation of culture to technology.

It is difficult to know how to respond to assertions that technological growth “destroys the vital sources of our humanity” and creates a culture “without a moral foundation.” These statements of opinion are such huge...

(The entire section is 251 words.)