Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education

Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education

by Neil Postman
     
 

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In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst -- and the best -- of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will find themselves rethinking many of their bedrock assumptions: Should education

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In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst -- and the best -- of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will find themselves rethinking many of their bedrock assumptions: Should education transmit culture or defend us against it? Is technological innovation progress or a peculiarly American addiction? When everyone watches the same television programs -- and television producers don't discriminate between the audiences for Sesame Street and Dynasty -- is childhood anything more than a sentimental concept? Writing in the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Neil Postman sends shock waves of wit and critical intelligence through the cultural wasteland.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307797315
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/08/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
663,526
File size:
2 MB

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