Turning Away From Technology: A New Vision for the 21st Century

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What is the real impact of technology on our cultural and political lives? Are the proponents of megatechnology and the global economy correct to assume that there will always be newer technological solutions to all the world's problems? Fifty visionary environmentalists, scientists, scholars, and social critics grapple with these questions and expose the links between the character of megatechnology and the social and ecological crises of our time. Stephanie Mills presents the ideas and opinions of many of the ...
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Overview

What is the real impact of technology on our cultural and political lives? Are the proponents of megatechnology and the global economy correct to assume that there will always be newer technological solutions to all the world's problems? Fifty visionary environmentalists, scientists, scholars, and social critics grapple with these questions and expose the links between the character of megatechnology and the social and ecological crises of our time. Stephanie Mills presents the ideas and opinions of many of the world's most important critics of biotechnology, free trade, corporate colonialism, the proliferation of military technologies, and technological means of social control in a fascinating and lively survey of the proceedings of two historic conferences. Refusing to offer superficial solutions to our current environmental and social problems, participants from Europe, North America, and Asia maintain that technology is never neutral, but that the totality of a given technology's effects, not just its intended benefits, must be taken into account. Turning Away From Technology is an invaluable conceptual tool because it offers a probing analysis of the big technological picture and describes a realistic, humane, and sustainable future.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780871569530
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: In Defense of the Living Earth
Introduction: Artifacts/Considerations
The Participants
Megatechnology and Development - San Francisco, 1993
Ch. 1 Opening Remarks 3
Ch. 2 Open Dialogue 38
Ch. 3 The U.S. Government's Promotion of High Technology 58
Ch. 4 Biotechnology, Biopiracy, and the Mentality of Science 70
Ch. 5 The Prospects for Sustainable Agriculture 91
Ch. 6 Concluding Dialogue 103
Megatechnology and Economic Globalization - Devon, 1994
Ch. 7 Opening Remarks 113
Ch. 8 Technology, Employment, and Livelihood 142
Ch. 9 Consciousness and Technology 163
Ch. 10 The Electronic Revolution: Virtual Empowerment 177
Ch. 11 Women, Patriarchy, and Megatechnology 191
Ch. 12 Concluding Dialogue 203
Conclusion 227
78 Reasonable Questions to Ask About Any Technology 235
Jacques Ellul Society 238
Bibliography 239
Index 250
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