Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability

Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability

by C. Bowers
     
 

ISBN-10: 082032230X

ISBN-13: 9780820322308

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Do computers foster cultural diversity? Ecological sustainability? In our age of high-tech euphoria we seem content to leave tough questions like these to the experts. That dangerous inclination is at the heart of this important examination of the commercial and educational trends that have left us so uncritically optimistic about global computing.

Contrary to

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Do computers foster cultural diversity? Ecological sustainability? In our age of high-tech euphoria we seem content to leave tough questions like these to the experts. That dangerous inclination is at the heart of this important examination of the commercial and educational trends that have left us so uncritically optimistic about global computing.

Contrary to the attitudes that have been marketed and taught to us, says C. A. Bowers, the fact is that computers operate on a set of Western cultural assumptions and a market economy that drives consumption. Our indoctrination includes the view of global computing innovations as inevitable and on a par with social progress—a perspective dismayingly suggestive of the mindset that engendered the vast cultural and ecological disruptions of the industrial revolution and world colonialism.

In Let Them Eat Data Bowers discusses important issues that have fallen into the gap between our perceptions and the realities of global computing, including the misuse of the theory of evolution to justify and legitimate the global spread of computers, and the ecological and cultural implications of unmooring knowledge from its local contexts as it is digitized, commodified, and packaged for global consumption. He also suggests ways that educators can help us think more critically about technology.

Let Them Eat Data is essential reading if we are to begin democratizing technological decisions, conserving true cultural diversity and intergenerational forms of knowledge, and living within the limits and possibilities of the earth’s natural systems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820322308
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Cultural and Ecological Consequences1
1Globalizing Cyberspace: Vision and Reality3
2The Culture of Cyberspace and Everyday Life16
3Displacing Wisdom with Data: Ecological Implications48
4Evolutionary Theory and the Global Computer Culture76
Pt. 2Educational Consequences109
5The False Promises of Computer-Based Education111
6Why Computers Should Not Replace Teachers140
7Rethinking Technology: What Educational Institutions Can Do177
References197
Index205

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