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Overview

Designed to help readers become critical thinkers about technology not simply consumers of technology. The readings span a broad range of topics and genres (and include alternative readings available on a World Wide Web site connected to the book). An abundance of writing-to-learn and writing-to-communicate assignments provide practice in crafting reflective pieces, thoughtful analyses of issues, argumentative discourse, research proposals, multimedia projects, and other kinds of electronic writing aimed at on-line discussion groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132275880
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 12/18/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

I. SOCIAL ISSUES AND TECHNOLOGY.

Elmer-DeWitt, Philip. Welcome to Cyberspace.

Gergen, Kenneth J. Social Saturation and the Populated Self.

Kadi, M. Welcome to Cyberia.

Winner, Langdon. Mythinformation.

Silberman, Steve. We're Teen, We're Queen, and We've Got E- Mail.

Images of Social Issues and Technology.

Weinberg, Alvin M. Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?

Gill, Mark Stuart. Terror On-Line.

Sproull, Lee and Sara Kiesler, Computers, Networks and Work.

Oehlert, Mark From Captain America to Wolverine.

Gibson, William. Johnny Mnemonic.

II. EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY.

Strassmann, Paul A. Information Systems and Literacy.

Sculley, John. The Relationship Between Business and Higher Education: A Perspective on the 21st Century.

Kay, Alan C. Computers, Networks and Education.

Apple, Michael. The New Technology: Is It Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem in Education?

Gelernter, David. Unplugged.

Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment, Power On! New Tools for Teaching and Learning.

Images of Education and Technology.

Jessup, Emily. Feminism and Computers in Composition Instruction.

Kantrowitz, Barbara. The Information Gap.

A Note from the Future.

Bennahum, David. Fly Me to the MOO: Adventures is Textual Reality.

Murphy, John D. Virtual Time Computer-Mediated Distance Learning Versus the Carnegie Model.

Yam, Phillip. Surreal Science.

Young, Luke. Academic Computing in the Year 2000.

III. ETHICS, LAW, AND TECHNOLOGY.

Wiener, Jon. Free Speech on the Internet.

Lemisch, Jesse. The First Amendment Is Under Attack in Cyberspace.

McGrath, Peter. Info “Snooper-Highway.”

Hayes, Brian. The Electronic Palimpsest.

Levy, Steven. Prophet of Privacy.

Images of Ethics, Law, and Technology.

Kapor, Mitchell. Civil Liberties in Cyberspace.

Branscomb, Anne W. Common Law for the Electronic Frontier.

Gibson, William. Burning Chrome.

IV. GENDER AND TECHNOLOGY.

Kramarae, Cheris, and H. Jeanie Taylor. Women and Men on Electronic Networks: A Conversation or a Monologue?

Petersen, Julie. Sex and the Cybergirl.

Gerver, Elisabeth. Computers and Gender.

Pearl, Amy, Martha E. Pollack, Eve Riskin, Becky Thomas, Elizabeth Wolfe, and Alice Wu. Becoming a Computer Scientist.

Pacific Studies Center, High-Tech Employment Patterns in Silicon Valley, 1990.

Images of Gender and Technology.

Span, Paula. The On-Line Mystique.

Brail, Stephanie. Take Back the Net.

Kaplan, Nancy and Eva Farrell. Weavers of Webs: A Portrait of Young Women on the Net.

Tiptree, James Jr. The Girl Who Was Plugged In.

V. GOVERNMENT AND TECHNOLOGY.

Clinton, William and Albert Gore, Jr. Letter from the President and Vice President in Announcement of White House Electronic Mail Access.

Karraker, Roger. Highways of the Mind or Toll Roads Between Information Castles?

Gore, Albert Jr. International Telecommunications Union, Remarks Prepared for Delivery.

Sterling, Bruce. Opening Statement to the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.

Schwartz, Evan I. Direct Democracy: Are You Ready for the Democracy Channel?

Gore, Albert Jr. Transcript of Vice President Al Gore Jr. in Convention Center, January 13, 1994.

Images of Government and Technology.

Schuler, Doug. Community Networks: Building a New Participatory Medium.

Huber, Peter. Talk Is Cheap.

Glaser, Rob. Universal Service Does Matter.

The Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Electronic Learners.

Watson, Russell. When Words Are the Best Weapon.

Nilsson, Erik. Making Every Vote Count.

Franz Kafka. In the Penal Colony.

Appendix A: How to Look at an Image.

Appendix B: Bibliographic Citation of Electronic Materials: APA Style.

Appendix C: Bibliographic Citation of Electronic Materials: MLA Style.

Appendix D: Bill of Rights.

Alternative Table of Contents.

Acknowledgements.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    Literacy, Technology, and Society Book Review

    The text book, Literacy, Technology, and Society, was one of the most interesting educational books I have come across in recent memory. Unlike many other educational books, this one provides up to date articles that deal with life and technology of today. It keeps you motivated to read more articles that you can relate to and that make sense to you. Rather than reading books that deal with yesterday¿s world. Articles in LTS particularize the use of technology and how it is incorporated in today¿s world. The articles range in their targeted audiences and in their ideas but essentially, they all relate to how technology plays a role in them. Technologies incorporated in LTS range from advanced computers and the cyberspace, to more traditional devices like tape recorders. LTS is a book for both, reading enjoyment, and the exercising of critical thinking. It shows you different aspects of how technology has changed life. It makes you look at technology in various lights. LTS gives its reader a chance to evaluate technology rather than impose its advantages or disadvantages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    My Review

    Literacy, Technology, and Society Confronting the Isuues by Gail Hawisher Cynthial L. Selfe is a book on technology and how it effects people's lives on the net. When reading articles in Confronting the Issues you'll be impressed on whatis said the book talks about many interesting issues on technology and how things that go on with using the internet it's freedom of speech but, some people get carried away with harrassment but are caught. The book gave me some interesting knowledge on not to trust anyone and anything online. Gail and Cynthial made english reading more interesting and fun, it made me realize reading doesn't have to be borind and uninteresting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    It didn't stink!

    Literacy, Technology, and Society is an appealing book. It provides a doorway for college students to become familiar issues on the web that affect thier lives daily. The book provides a way for readers to think critically about issues that affect how we use technology. The essays exam how technology has affected our social contact with each other, and also provides web site connections for the reader to visit. The book provides several examples about how technology has both helped and harmed our society and forces its readers to reflect on how technology has had an influence in their own life.The book does seem slightly outdated, and may not be as effective in the future, however I think the book serves a good purpose by providing interesting essays that confront technology. Since most college books are not really student centered I was excited to read one that did at least attempt to connect with its readers. It didn't stink, nor was it boring and may be very useful for the reader who is interested in issues concerning technology. I wouldn't give the book five stares, but would give it three and suggest an updated version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    This is what I think.

    Literacy, Technology and Society is a great book for students to read. This text book displays how technology has taken a great effect on everyday life. The theme of this text is based around technology and how people are able to communicate through chat rooms, instant messaging, voting on-line in some instances and communicating through email. This text also shows many of the great dangers that come with being able to speak to strangers through the internet. Sexual harassment is a big issue that is discussed about in the readings and how it can take great emotional effects on different internet users. This text shows how technology can have a positive effect and a negative effect on everyday life. There are plenty of articles that show the positive effects of technology. One article discussed how internet technology could be utilized and be used to do online voting. Another article discusses a negative effect that is caused by internet technology. One of the negative effects that are discussed is sexual harassment and how it is much easier to be done and much more difficult to catch the person committed the harassment. This text book is a good book for students to read and for them to be able to understand how there are different effects that take place in the world today because of internet technology. This text also shows that there are many ideas on people want to use the internet to improve technology. It also shows how people do use the internet technology in bad ways. This book could be used for reading pleasure but probably would have better effect in the class room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    book

    This book is a collection of articles and essays from numerous authors. The different styles of writing from the different authorsmakes it possible to maintain interest though the less interesting stories. This book is theme on affects of techonology in society in our modern world. Some of the essays and articles are somewhat our dated, and it gests a little dull. The writers contributing to this collection are Alvin Weinberf, Emily Jessup, And Rob Glaser,to name a few. The stories are still interesting though they arent current. Some of the Stories seem repetitive. There are several Stories about cyber stalking, and herassment. These stories can hlep you learn from others mistakes, with the misues of new tehnologies. I enjoyed this book and the few stories i had read, and i would consider this one of the more interesting books ive read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Textbook use

    The text book,⿝Literacy, Technology, and Society⿝, confronts many issues regarding people interacting with each other through new types of technology that are have made an impact on society. The layout allows for simplicity to navigate through its chapters, and its writing styles allow for easy reading. Many of the passages are excerpts taken from magazine articles and other cited sources that verify their authenticity. They show different scenarios in which technology is abused or attempted to be used in a beneficial way. Though it seems some of the events that have been documented are quite dated, the ideas and themes that are represented can still have a lasting impression on its readers. To provide as a textbook in the future would be rather counterproductive because the age of its context remaining through ever changing times. But you make it a point to learn from the past and see how far people with the aid of technology have come, this is an essential textbook acquire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    eh, I guess you'd have to decide for yourself!

    Literacy, Technology, and Society displays an array of essays on the affects technology has on society and everyday life. The book obviously is themed on technology, although it looks at different aspects of it. It book provides several different topic areas, covering things such as: online harassment, chat rooms, online voting, email, freedom online, and much more. This collection of articles will help you get more comfortable with technologies advances and the everyday affects it takes on people. The book helps show the different roles technology can play, being good, or bad. The book is a not a bad read. Although it is not exactly what I would choose for a pleasure reading material, it is not difficult to get through. There are a lot of interesting articles that are put in the book on topics that I would have never learned about anywhere else. I would rate the book a 7 out of 10 because of the fact that some articles were actually pretty interesting and could bring up decent discussions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    The Aspects of Technology

    Literacy, Technology, and Society is a really interesting book. I like the fact that it sticks with its method of introducing new faces of technology. The book explains how technology is one of the major parts of the world that is really helpful in alot of different ways in dealing with life, computers, etc. It main focus of technology is really realistic. The book has true facts which make it one of a kind. I think this is one of the best books I have read, that was educational. Most college books are boring but this book has alot of spark and information resources to it. If you are looking for a book on recent technology this is one of the best books you will find, I promise! I really didn't know to much information about new technology but now I can tell a whole story about new technology- how it works, problems with it, and also how it has changed the world. This book is one of the books that are relaxing and filled with tons of information. When I read the first article of this book, I was pretty sure that it was going to be really exciting to read. If you are looking for excitement and interesting facts this is a 5 star book to read and enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Issues in a technological society

    ¿Literacy, Technology, and Society¿ is composed of articles and essays that confront issues in a technological society. It is well written and it does a great job getting the reader to think analytically about many different social, educational, and governmental issues regarding technology. Some articles are very informative and interesting. ¿We¿re Teen, We¿re Queer, and We¿ve Got E-mail,¿ written by Steve Silberman is an example. It discusses how gay teens feel uncomfortable unmasking themselves and how they can turn to the internet for friendly support and information privately. Another interesting article is ¿The Information Gap¿ written by Barbara Kantrowitz. She stresses that children of opportunity usually have more skills and experience with computers then children of less opportunity. It is a great article because it concerns a major issue regarding the inequality that exists among high school students and the amount of computer technology made available to them. Although this text book is informative and useful, the articles are very outdated, ranging from the late 80¿s to early 90¿s. Since the main purpose of the text book is technology in society, the articles should be more consistent with up to date technology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Literacy, Technology and Society : Confronting the Issues

    In reading the book Literacy, Technology, and Society I realized that technology is important in society today. I never knew how technology is such an advantage until reading the book. The book goes more in-debth about technology than anyone would imagine. The book touches on so many topics such as sexual harassment and gay teens in cyberspace. I never realized that cyberspace could be so dangerous while filled with so many predators. Although the book is outdated,the writer has a good perspective. The problem with it being outdated is that technology has been updated since the publishing of the book. Now people don¿t have to deal with online predators unless they just want to. Instead of listening to the predators criticize them all they have to do is block them or just simply log off. Things have drastically changed since 1997 and the problem with the book is it should be updated to fit society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    It's Alright

    In this text I mainly read about he disadvantages of havin the internet and interacting over the net. These issues were widely discussed in the chapters, 'We're Teen, We're Queer, and We've Got Mail,' 'Terror On-Line,' 'Free Speech on the Internet,' and 'When Words are the Best Weapon.' In all of these essays the authors discuss some facet of the internet that is bad for kids and adults as well back int he nineties. In the chater 'We're Teen, We're Queer, and We've Got Mail,' the author mentioned all the solutions that some gay teens took for their problems some were good and others not so good. She also talked about the predators on the internet, the ones that wait in chat rooms for an unsuspected victim who wouldn't know what to do when someone continued to harass them over the net. This issue of the predator on the internet is also discussed in the other chapters as well. I liked this text because it pointed out the problems with using the internet and going into chat rooms. Some of the authors that i mentioned took the good side of the internet, how you can do your research faster and stay in contact with your family who live faraway. Others took the bad side of the internet, how there are predators on the net and how there was no way to ignore that person. The only thing that I didn't like about this text is that its outdated, all the issues that the person is having with people on the net can now be solved by using a different user name or ignoring or blocking the person all together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Literacy, Technology and Society : Confronting the Issues

    The book Literacy, Technology, and Society: Confronting the Issues by Gail Hawisher and Cynthia Selfe focuses on the conflicts that technology introduces in an advancing society. It compiles several aspects of 'cyberspace' into one large collection so that the advantages and disadvantages of a technological-based world can be scrutinized by the public eye. Many tend to overlook the major role that computers play in transforming our daily activities however this book is a key reminder in how important it is to analyze what the effects of technology are. Hawisher and Selfe probably caused uproar with this book when it was first introduced in 1997 because these issues may have had a major impact on the people who used the internet when it was an unexplored territory. However, in the modern age, many of the problems that existed with cyberspace before are outdated. These problems have already been remedied by the latest technology. Now in the information age, there are more complicated issues that exist. It is hard to view the cases in the book as important or even relevant in the twenty first century. This makes it difficult to understand why this book is still in circulation as of this date to solve the problems of today's 'cyberspace'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Need to Brush up on Cyberspace and Technology? This is your book!

    'Literacy, Technology, and Society' is the perfect title for this text. All the short articles inserted in here tie into technology in society, whether it relates to gender discrimination, sexual orientation, education or democracy--focusing mainly on sexual harassment towards women, new to the internet, via e-mails and message boards. Rather than portraying the positive aspects of technology, this compilation focuses on the cons. In addition, it is irrelevant because it is outdated and security has improved on the internet since publication. However, in the establishing years of the internet, these easy-to-read, and equally interesting, articles were appropriate. Nevertheless, it covers important topics related to the cyberspace community and communication. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to broaden his or her views on the rapidly growing technological revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Literacy, Technology and Society : Confronting the Issues

    The book Literacy, Technology, and Society Confronting the Issues edited by Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe is a text book that discusses the different issues with technology and new ways of communication. The book is set up with different groups of texts. Some texts discussed social issues and others discussed education and so on. I liked that there were different authors within the text book because it brought different ideas, points of view, and issues to the table. Also the text that we read and discussed in class was interesting and relevant. If I were to note something about the book, I would suggest that it needs to be updated. Yes it has many good points as to different issues online but a lot of things have changed with the internet since the articles in the book were published. For instance, our class read Terror On-Line by Mark Stuart Gill and this particular article talked about the different terror that was seen on the internet. It was well written but it did not really pertain to today¿s issues because it was written in January 1995. This particular article was written over ten years ago and the internet and the dangers it has have definitely changed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Literacy, Technology and Society : Confronting the Issues

    Though I was a bit wary as I read the copyright date in the inside cover, after reading through the first article, my assumptions and anxiety were immediately alleviated. In 'Mythinformation,' the book immediately took on a political tone. The essay went on to explore the reality of a social revolution due to the recent advances in technology. Rightly so, it denounced the notion as a myth, a technophile's fairy tale. The next essay took on one of the biggest problems in society today, the public image of homosexuality. Yet, the form this problem took in this book was large community of gay internet forums. They essay reflected upon many of the beliefs and misconceptions held by people concerning gays, for instance, the misconception that homosexuality leads to pedophilia. Parents are wary of their children having access to these sites in which young gay men and women could chat with and gain the advice from older gay men or women. Literacy, Technology, and Society, though obviously aged, is a great book. Many of the issues covered in the manual are still very relevant in today's society. The topics ranged from sexual harassment and sexism in general to the new face of politics in technology. Yet still, all of the topics directly applied to the issues with technology and society's uptake of recent technology flawlessly. As technology continues to be pushed forward, the questions raised in this book will continue to be pressed. Hence, it will be a very long time before this book is considered outdated. This book is enarly timeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Literacy, Technology and Society

    The book 'Literacy, Technology and Society' is a compilation of computer related articles, by Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe, which is well organized. They connect various computer/technological terminology in a well written and admirable manner, which is not always easy to do, especially in the case of new technology. With that said however, one does not even have to read the entire book to realize that it is outdated. Though the book was published in 1997, from the advertisements that lie between the many articles, it seems that it is from later 1980's or early 90's. This book speaks a lot about 'new' and upcoming technology and other computer related equipment, but as we are well aware, advancements in computer technology are rapid and become quickly outdated. Therefore, there are very few points this book makes that connect with current societal issues of technology. Most of the essays in this book are articles from popular or scientific magazines that are updated periodically. Present topics regarding technological influence on society can probably be found in the most recent issues of these magazines. Overall, the book is quite insightful, expansive and in-depth as it confronts technological issues

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Literacy, Technology and Society : Confronting the Issues

    Literacy, Technology, and Society: Confronting the Issues, presents a wide range of various topics involving technology. This book is designed to help students become more knowledgeable and critical about technology. Articles are presented periodically and are divided into five sections: social issues, education, ethics and law, gender, and government. This makes reading and understanding of technology better and easier. Articles featured in this book are a great source for understanding and practicing crtical thinking. 'Literacy, Technology, and Society' can serve as a good and useful introduction to college students during their first year of college. Accompanying writing activities are designed to make us think critically as we read the argumentative discourse and analyze the issues. Overall this is a good book, one that should definitly be used in classes dealing with technology. This book provides many reality articles that have to do with the world we live in today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Literacy, Technology and Society : Confronting the Issues

    In this age there are many issues that arise with Literacy, Technology, and our Society. Editors Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe of University of Illinois and Michigan Technological University respectfully have brought to our attention various problems. The book Literacy, Technology, and Society: Confronting the Issues (LTS) gives college and university students different topics and issues to ponder about. Included in the text are wide spectrums of subjects like Homosexuals in cyberspace, Electronic Town Meetings, Online Tyranny, Sexual Harassment, and Information Gaps. At first these subjects seem to be diverse and have no correlation yet the carefully placed excerpts from other writers, allows the reader to understand complex concepts by including antidotes to go along with every essay. This text is very resourceful because it can help out with students writing versatility. There are some things that could hinder the books¿ effectiveness though. One problem with the book is the fact that it was written and published in extremely small font. There is a lot of information stated but because of the small font, reading two pages can feel like ten. You could easily get lost within all the words. Another problem that exists with LTS is that it has dated topic matter. The book was copyrighted in 1997, so some of the issues presented can seem like eons ago. With this text, if you can get past the very small wording and the fact this work is being read after eight years of first being introduced, then you will get a educational yet entertaining read about are our vast world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Short Anecdotes

    This book is for young adults 16 years old and up who love to read short anecdotes that deal with technology in the 20th and 21st century. The book offers an insight in technology and how we use it in our everyday lives both for good and bad. In this book there are writings from a different variety of authors, however the main authors who put the book together are Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe. Some anecdotes include ¿We¿re Teen, We¿re Queer and We¿ve Got E-mail¿ and ¿Terror On-Line.¿ The first story deals with gay teens that are trying to come out of the closet through online gay communities where they talk to other gay teens, and learn that there are more people out there like them who are willing to listen to them. In the second story a women named Laurie Powell was harassed by some guy named ¿Vito¿ who sent bad messages aimed toward herself and family, and the struggles she faced in order to stop the messages from popping up every time she was online. This book is very educational and I learned a lot from it as I read the different anecdotes. The variety of stories make the readers want to keep reading and explore works from all the different authors. Even though some are a bit outdated, it does not take anything away from them and they are still very interesting to read. I really enjoyed all that I read and I would recommend this book of short technology based stories to all people who are above the age of 16 because some contain bad words, which are inappropriate for kids under the age of 16.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Technology integrating our lives

    Many topics in society are controversial and fall on deaf ears. With this in mind, technology is becoming the key to expressing repressed feelings and ideas on specific issues. As technology progresses, more people use it as a means of breaking traditional views on topics and incorporating their own opinions. 'Literacy, Technology, and Society' is a rare book since it includes numerous cases and essays on how technology is integrating our lives. The authors in this book did a wonderful job in displaying how technology unites various types of people while eliminating discrimination at the same time. For example, the book talks about direct democracy on the Internet, people communicating through online chat rooms, and informs others that the Internet could lead to disappointment from stalking to identity theft. In addition, the book successfully explains how technology is altering the reasoning behind some ideas while analyzing new ones. If you want to become a critical thinker about technology, then this book is for you. Just reading one of the essays from the book will leave you wondering as to what technology is doing to us as well as to our world.

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