Visions: Readings for a Changing World / Edition 1

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Visions presents readings organized by themes that stimulate readers to critically evaluate recent changes in our culture and society brought about by technological and business innovations. The readings in the book direct readers to question whether the rapid changes to our reality are all positive and whether society and culture is losing some of its basic values by so readily embracing change. The main issue running throughout most of the readings and assignments is the conflicting, often competing, roles that the lure of complex technologies and the comfort of simpler, older ones play in all our lives. Six thematic units contain readings separated into smaller units that enable students to focus on a limited topic, to read a few selections on that topic, and to write analytically in response to differing viewpoints. Extensive pedagogy includes reading headnotes with pre-reading questions, aphorisms that provide occasions for short writing assignments in each unit, and writing ssignments that consider each reading cluster together. For beginning composition writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205291229
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/29/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter includes "Six Explorations for Collaboration, Web Work, and Writing."


Introduction: Envisioning the Future.

Getting Started I: Writing about Change.
Unifying an Essay: The Thesis.
Thesis and Purpose.
The Inside-Outside Approach.

Getting Started II: An Introduction to the World Wide Web.
Brief History.
The Web as an Information Source.
Finding It on the Web.


1. Simple Things.

Henry David Thoreau, My Furniture.

George Carlin, A Place for Your Stuff.

Henry Petroski, Rub-Out.

Eric Brende, Technology Amish Style.

Alan Thein Durning, Seven Sustainable Wonders.

2. Toys, Simple and Not.

Ann Hulbert, Bedtime Barbie.

bell hooks, Playing with Dark-Skinned Dolls.

Douglas Coupland, Toys That Bind.

G. Beato, Girl Games.
Dip into the Future, Far as Cyborg Eye Can See — And Wince.

3. Gadgets and the Flight from Simplicity.

Rube Goldberg, Keeping Screen Doors Closed.

Jeffrey Kluger, Rubes in Training.

Mark Kingwell, Not Available in Stores.

Susan Mitchell, Technophiles and Technophobes.

Lloyd Steven Sieden, The Birth of the Geodesic Dome.


4. Real Towns, Real Places.

Daniel Kemmis, Living Next to One Another.

Allan Carlson, Two Cheers for the Suburbs.

GeraldEarly, Dreaming of a Black Christmas.

Witold Rybczynski, This Old House.

5. Virtual Communities.

John Perry Barlow, Is There a There in Cyberspace?

Sherry Turkle, Ghosts in the Machine.

Scott Russell Sanders, The Web of Life.

John Briggs, The Promise of Virtual Reality.

Mark Slouka, The Illusion of Life Is Dearly Bought.

6. The Politics of Cyberspace.

Jon Katz, Birth of a Digital Nation.

Stephen Bates, The Death of Geography.

David Boaz, Creating a Framework for Utopia.

Paulina Borsook, Cyberselfish.


7. Dating, High-Tech and Low.

Amy Harmon, Virtual Sex, Lies, and Cyberspace.

Gerard Van Der Leun, "This Is a Naked Lady."

Taki Theodoracopulos, "Love, Taki."

Julia Wilkins, Protecting Our Children from Internet Smut: Moral Duty or Moral Panic?

Langdon Winner, Cyberpornography.

8. Shopping, Old and New.
Home Alone?

Molly Ivins, "Gimme Stuff."

Sarah Anderson, Wal-Mart's War on Main Street.

Laurie Ann Mazur, Marketing Madness.
With Liberty and Tote Bags for All.

9. Hobbies, and Other Forms of Entertainment.

Robert Rossney, Cyberpets.

Joshua Quittner, But What Do I Know?: Putting a Digital Pet to Sleep.

Donald Katz, The Sports Arena in the Digital Age.

John P. Wiley, Jr., Walking.


10. Wiring Classrooms.

John Edgar Wideman, Beyond Homewood.

Douglas Rushkoff, Teachers vs. Machines: Computers in the Classroom.

Alan Kay, Revealing the Elephant.

Derrick de Kerckhove, From Global Village to Global Mind.

Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Glorious Revolution of 1971.

Nicholas Negroponte, Get a Life!

11. Books and the Changing Nature of Reading.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), "S-t-e-a-m-boat A-comin!"

Plato, On the Limits of Writing.
Sven Birkerts and Wen Stephenson, The Message Is the Medium: An Exchange.

Charles Oliver, The Last Picture Shows.

Ralph Lombreglia, In Games Begin Responsibilities.

12. High-Tech Colleges.

Richard A. Lanham, Undergraduate Teaching in the Electronic Age.

John Leo, "No Books, Please; We're Students."

Jeffrey R. Krull, The Future of Books and Libraries.

Susan Saltrick, A Campus of Our Own: Thoughts of a Reluctant Conservative.


13. Working More.

Esther Dyson, Education and Jobs in the Digital World.

Denise Caruso, Geeksploitation.

Kirkpatrick Sale, Lessons from the Luddites.

Jack Beatty, What to Do about Welfare?

14. Working Less.

Jay Walljasper, The Speed Trap.

Reva Basch, Rapture of the Net.

Hal Niedzviecki, To Work Is Human, to Slack Divine.

Jackson Lears, The Simple Life.

15. Women, Work, and Technology.

Pamela McCorduck and Karen Coyle, Women and the Sexed Machine: An Online Exchange.

Ann Gibbons, Constance Holden, and Jocelyn Kaiser, Facing the Big Chill in Science.

Kathe Davis, What about Us Grils?

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Time in the Balance.


16. High Tech/Low Tech.

Bill Gates, The Information Age.

Wendell Berry, Feminism, the Body, and the Machine.

Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler, Getting Set for the Coming Millennium.

Tracy Baxter, Into the Outdoors.

17. Utopia/Dystopia.

Zina Moukheiber, The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth.

Arthur C. Clarke, The Coming "Cyberclysm."

Elaine Showalter, Utopia Comes Alive.

Tim Appelo, The Future Isn't What It Used to Be.

Christopher Columbus, The Earthly Paradise.

18. Global Concerns.

David Ignatius, One World, Ready or Not.

Newt Gingrich, Toward an Opportunity Society.

Vandana Shiva, Ecofeminism.

Bob Wehling, The Future of Marketing.


Henry David Thoreau, "The Wild."

Appendix: Guidelines for Using Web Resources in Your Writing.

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