Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 08.06.2011 - 224 Seiten
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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.


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In a delightful series of pungent essays (some originating as talks), Postman takes on a variety of contemporary cultural phenomena including television (and its deleterious effects), language, the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Defending Against the Indefensible
20
The Naming of Missiles
35
A Muted Celebration
53
The Parable of the Ring Around the Collar
67
The Educationist as Painkiller
82
Etiquette
97
Remembering the Golden Age
116
Alfred Korzybski
136
Future Shlock
162
SafeFail
175
Index
193
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