I think what I like the most about Neil Postman's Technopoly is how he never denies the advances science has made, but points to the very existence and rise of technology and science and asks the extremely significant question, "What have we lost?" The subtitle for his book is "The Surrender of Culture to Technology," which is a very concise summary of the argument of his book. Though, by the end, he seems to have portrayed the rise of the modern American Technopoly more as a degeneration and undermining of the cultural meaning and purpose undergirding our entire society.
As one who absolutely loves progress and scientific advancement, I found myself nodding my head again and again as he critiqued how our culture has mindlessly and carelessly embraced a scientific approach to life which ultimately has no purpose or meaning for its existence. Ultimately, I would argue that his critique is that science and technology move us so furiously in the realm of doing things that we are losing all concept of what it means to be human.
As much as his book is a critique of the underlying philosophies of this age, his is not a Christian approach. While I found his critiques valid, it saddened me to see his careless disregard for religion. As much as he lamented a cultural philosophy which embraces modernity and progress over and against the past, his rejection of religion bore all the traits of a dismissal based on the assumption, "We've developed (progressed) beyond that now...." In short, his uncritical dismissal of religion belies a blindspot in his own reasoning.
That said, I did enjoy, in his concluding chapter, the assertion of the need for classical elements in educational curriculum, both in literature and sciences and the arts. Included in this is an argument for the inclusion of an overview of religions and their histories. He asserts no religion over any other, and I'm curious exactly how he thinks such a thing should be taught - but I enjoyed the fact that he included the thought.
The book itself was written in an engaging manner, and I think it would be accessible to most readers of almost any education level. I would especially encourage any teachers or educators to read the book, for many of his critiques have fascinating and significant implications in the realm of education. I would also encourage pastors to read the book, because it offers a critique of modern culture which includes many specific areas which will help Pastors think well about culture and how it impacts people. Overall a great and insightful book, and a pretty easy read.
- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: VINTAGE USA - MASS MARKET; 1 edition (1 June 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679745408
- ISBN-13: 978-0679745402
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