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New technologies compete with old ones-for time, for attention, for money, for prestige, but mostly for dominance of their world-view. ... In the United States, we can see such collisions everywhere-in politics, in religion, in commerce - but we see them most clearly in the schools....
In introducing the personal computer to the classroom, we shall be breaking a four-hundred-year-old truce between the gregariousness and openness fostered by orality and the introspection and isolation fostered by the printed word. ... Over four centuries, teachers, while emphasizing print, have allowed orality its place in the classroom, and have therefore achieved a kind of pedagogical peace between these two forms of learning, so that what is valuable in each can be maximized. Now comes the computer, carrying anew the banner of private learning and individual problemsolving. Will the widespread use of computers in the classroom defeat once and for all the claims of communal speech? Will the computer raise egocentrism to the status of a virtue?
A new technology does not add or subtract something. It changes everything. In the year , fifty years after the printing press was invented, we did not have old Europe plus the printing press. We had a different Europe... And that is why the competition among media is so fierce. Surrounding every technology are institutions whose organization-not to mention their reason for being-reflects the world-view promoted by the technology. Therefore, when an old technology is assaulted by a new one, institutions are threatened. When institutions are threatened, a culture finds itself in crisis. This is serious business, which is why we learn nothing when educators ask, Will students learn mathematics better by computers than by textbooks?... They direct our attention away from the serious social, intellectual, and institutional crisis that new media foster....
- Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology,
In this text, Neil Postman argues that
a. technology determines the worldview of a culturepriorities, symbols, and even how humans relate to one another.
b. computers will soon take over the classroom and eliminate the need for teachers.
c. computers will have the effect of keeping people from reading great books and going to museums.
d. computers and related technology have damaged our culture irreparably by diminishing person-to-person contact.
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