Conscientious Objections: Stirring up Trouble about Language, Technology, and Education

Conscientious Objections: Stirring up Trouble about Language, Technology, and Education

by Neil Postman

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Conscientious Objections: Stirring up Trouble about Language, Technology, and Education by Neil Postman

In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst -- and the best -- of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will find themselves rethinking many of their bedrock assumptions: Should education transmit culture or defend us against it? Is technological innovation progress or a peculiarly American addiction? When everyone watches the same television programs -- and television producers don't discriminate between the audiences for Sesame Street and Dynasty -- is childhood anything more than a sentimental concept? Writing in the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Neil Postman sends shock waves of wit and critical intelligence through the cultural wasteland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679734215
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1992
Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
Pages: 201
Sales rank: 917,228
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Neil Postman was a University Professor, the Paulette Goddard Chair of Media Ecology, and the chair of the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, all at New York University. Among his 20 books are studies of childhood (The Disappearance of Childhood); public discourse (Amusing Ourselves to Death); education (Teaching as a Subversive Activity and The End of Education); and the impact of technology (Technopoly). His interest in education was long-standing, beginning with his experience as an elementary and secondary school teacher. He died in 2003.

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