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

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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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"Postman is that rare social critic whose commentary on the current state of American culture and education is a funny as it is throughout and well argued...a provocative collection." — The New York Times Book Review

"Postman uses cogent arguments, sharp needles and gentle humor to challenge readers to change their ways of thinking ... delightful." — St. Louis Post Dispatch

Library Journal
In a delightful series of pungent essays (some originating as talks), Postman takes on a variety of contemporary cultural phenomena including television (and its deleterious effects), language, the crisis in education, politics, and social ``science,'' to list a few. The concluding piece, ``My Graduation Speech'' (offered freely for use), is alone worth the price of the book, but Postman's keen observations and thoughful concerns are equally apparent throughout. Readers of his earlier works ( Teaching as a Subversive Activity , Amusing Ourselves to Death , and The Disappearance of Childhood ) will also applaud this. Highly recommended to academics and the general public. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679734215
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books ed
Pages:
201
Sales rank:
621,932
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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