Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences

Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences

by Edward Tenner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0679747567

ISBN-13: 9780679747567

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls "revenge effects"—the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical

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In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls "revenge effects"—the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity that have been hallmarks of the progressive, improvement-obsessed modern age. Tenner shows why our confidence in technological solutions may be misplaced, and explores ways in which we can better survive in a world where despite technology's advances—and often because of them—"reality is always gaining on us."  For anyone hoping to understand the ways in which society and technology interact, Why Things Bite Back is indispensable reading.  "A bracing critique of technological determinism in both its utopian and dystopian forms...No one who wants to think clearly about our high-tech future can afford to ignore this book."—Jackson Lears, Wilson Quarterly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679747567
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
520,018
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Ever Since Frankenstein3
2Medicine: Conquest of the Catastrophic26
3Medicine: Revenge of the Chronic47
4Environmental Disasters: Natural and Human-Made71
5Promoting Pests95
6Acclimatizing Pests: Animal116
7Acclimatizing Pests: Vegetable140
8The Computerized Office: The Revenge of the Body161
9The Computerized Office: Productivity Puzzles184
10Sport: The Risks of Intensification210
11Sport: The Paradoxes of Improvement232
12Another Look Back, and a Look Ahead254
For Further Reading279
Notes283
Index331

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