The Cult of Information: A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and the True Art of Thinking / Edition 2

The Cult of Information: A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and the True Art of Thinking / Edition 2

by Theodore Roszak
     
 


"It is obvious that we can no longer proceed developing technologies with our eyes closed to its effects on our psychic habits, social relations and even political ideas. The best eye-opening book on the subject of the implications of a computerized culture is The Cult of Information. It is nothing short of a basic book for anyone interested in knowingSee more details below

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"It is obvious that we can no longer proceed developing technologies with our eyes closed to its effects on our psychic habits, social relations and even political ideas. The best eye-opening book on the subject of the implications of a computerized culture is The Cult of Information. It is nothing short of a basic book for anyone interested in knowing about the ecology of technology."—Neil Postman, author of Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology

"This thoughtful, sensitive, and sane book heralds a coming new evaluation of the role of science and technology in the affairs of the human species."—Joseph Weizenbaum, Professor of Computer Science, MIT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520085848
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/29/1994
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
267
Sales rank:
1,424,635
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
In Defense of the Naked Mind: Introduction to the Second Edition
The Computer and General Ludd
How Artificial Can Intelligence Be?
Meanwhile, Back at the Carnival...
The End of the War Machine?
The Advent of the Money Machine
Edutainment from Apple II to Metroid II
The Ideal of the On-Line Commonwealth
And Finally...A Few Words for the Rest of Us
1"Information, Please"3
Information Old-Style3
Enter UNIVAC6
Cybernetics and the Secret of Life9
Messages Without Meanings11
The Biocomputer16
2The Data Merchants21
High Tech and the Conservative Opportunists21
Sunbelt Politics and the Warfare State26
Megahype30
Hackers and Hucksters36
Silicon and Natural Selection41
Technophilia44
3The Hidden Curriculum47
The Chimera of Computer Literacy47
A Solution in Search of Problems51
The Computerized Campus56
Power and Dependency64
A Private Universe68
4The Program Within the Program: The Case of Logo72
5Of Ideas and Data87
Ideas Come First87
The Master Ideas91
Experience, Memory, Insight95
The Empiricist Gambit101
No Ideas, No Information105
6Computers and Pure Reason108
The Light in Plato's Cave108
The Old Mathematical Magic113
The Seductions of Software116
An Alien Intelligence120
The Flight from Reality127
The Fifth Generation...and Beyond129
7The Computer and the Counterculture135
Big Blue and the Guerrilla Hackers135
An Electronic Populism138
The Heroic Age of the Microcomputer141
Reversionaries and Technophiles146
Domes, Data, and Dope150
Decline and Fall153
8The Politics of Information156
Nothing But the Facts156
Data Glut161
Issues Before Information165
On-line Communities: The Promise of Networking167
9Ben Franklin's Information Service: Libraries, Literacy, and the Ecology of Mind173
The Public Library: The Missing Link in the Information Age173
Privatizing the Public's Right to Know178
The Library's High-Tech Identity Crisis181
NREN and the Internet: All the World On-Line184
Aladdin's Magic Digitized Lamp186
Electronic Alzheimer's193
Literacy Imperiled196
Ecologists of Mind199
10In the Wrong Hands202
The Foundations of Information Technology202
The Surveillance Machine206
The Polling Machine212
The War Machine218
Machine a Gouverner222
At the Limits of Sanity: The Psychotic Machine227
11Descartes's Angel: Reflections on the True Art of Thinking234
Notes245
Index261

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