The Cult of Information: A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and the True Art of Thinking / Edition 2

The Cult of Information: A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and the True Art of Thinking / Edition 2

by Theodore Roszak
ISBN-10:
0520085841
ISBN-13:
9780520085848
Pub. Date:
04/29/1994
Publisher:
University of California Press
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The Cult of Information: A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and the True Art of Thinking / Edition 2

As we devote ever-increasing resources to providing, or prohibiting, access to information via computer, Theodore Roszak reminds us that voluminous information does not necessarily lead to sound thinking. "Data glut" obscures basic questions of justice and purpose and may even hinder rather than enhance our productivity.


In this revised and updated edition of The Cult of
Information
, Roszak reviews the disruptive role the computer has come to play in international finance and the way in which "edutainment" software and computer games degrade the literacy of children. At the same time, he finds hopeful new ways in which the library and free citizens' access to the Internet and the national data-highway can turn computer technology into a democratic and liberating force. Roszak's examination of the place of computer technology in our culture is essential reading for all those who use computers, who are intimidated by computers, or who are concerned with the appropriate role of computers in the education of our children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520085848
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/29/1994
Edition description: REV
Pages: 267
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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