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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Postman Narrator: Jeff Riggenbac Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, Postman chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it. According to Postman, technology is rapidly gaining sovereignty over social institutions and national life to become self-justifying, self-perpetuating, and omnipresent. He warns that this will have radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, religion, family, education, privacy, intelligence, and truth, as they are redefined to fit the requirements of the technological thought-world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Postman puts [his ideas] across with energy, conviction, and considerable verbal dexterity. His illustrations of how new technologies can alter society are particularly vivid and thought-provoking.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Neil Postman’s cogent and lucid analysis of our indiscriminate embrace of technological innovation deserves the widest possible audience.”


  • “Amusing, learned, and prickling with intelligence, Postman easily outclasses the Allan Bloomians in the grave work of showing how it is that we’ve now stumbled our way into 1984—and offers, at end, some modest suggestions as to what to do about it.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily Nickerson | 2/19/2014

    " Very thought-provoking book about the sometimes insidious ways in which technology affects our lives. Neil Postman has an easy to read style of prose, so it's not too painful a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/16/2014

    " Postman did not frequently consider other perspectives, but the questions he raised have helped me look at technology with a more critical and responsible eye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ktread | 2/11/2014

    " Read about half the book to evaluate for CC. Put on 2011-12 syllabus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by P.S. | 2/9/2014

    " unpacks the spread of The Matrix from Pre-Frederick Winslow Taylor and beyond. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Postman

Neil Postman (1931–2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books. His son Andrew Postman is the author of five books, and his work appears in numerous publications.