Neil Postman: Five ThingsWe Need to Know AboutTechnological Change Summary by R. Redekopp
Technology and Wisdom•... it is a delusion to believe that the technological changes of our era have rendered irrelevant the wisdom of the ages and the sages.
new technology 1. All technological change is a offers, there istrade-off always a corresponding disadvantage.• Think of the automobile, which for all of its obvious advantages,• has poisoned our air,
2. There are always winners andlosers• The winners always try to persuade the losers that they are really winners.
3. Every technology has anepistemological, political or social prejudice• The printing press annihilated the oral tradition;• telegraphy annihilated space;• television has humiliated the word;• the computer, perhaps, will degrade community life.
4. Technological change is notadditive; it is ecological• It changes everything and is, therefore, too important to be left entirely in the hands of Bill Gates. [or Steve Jobs or Larry Page or Segey Brin...]
5. Technology tends to becomemythic• It is perceived as part of the natural order of things,• and therefore tends to control more of our lives than is good for us
In the past, we experienced technologicalchange in the manner of sleep-walkers.• Our unspoken slogan has been "technology über alles," and we have been willing to shape our lives to fit the requirements of technology, not the requirements of culture.• This is a form of stupidity, especially in an age of vast technological change. We need to proceed with our eyes wide open so that we many use technology rather than be used by it.