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Confronting Technopoly

Charting a Course towards Human Survival

In 1992, Neil Postman presciently coined the term “technopoly” to refer to “the surrender of culture to technology.” This book brings together a number of contributors from different disciplinary perspectives to analyze technopoly both as a concept and as it is seen and understood in contemporary society. Contributors present both analysis of and strategies for managing socio-technical conflict, and they also open up a number of fruitful new lines of thought around emerging technological, social, and even psychological forms.

260 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2017

Culture Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Question Concerning Technopoly 1
Phil Rose
Part I: Contextualization 9
Chapter 1: Contextualizing Technopoly 11
Lance Strate
Part II: Digital Manifestations 31
Chapter 2: The Omnipresent Opiate: Rethinking Internet Addiction 33 in the Network Era
Ryan S. Eanes
Chapter 3: Probing the Media Ecology of Self-Tracking Technologies: 53 A Postmanist Critique and Defence
Yoni Van Den Eede
Chapter 4: Navigating the Mobile Village 71
Zack Stiegler and Nick Artman
Chapter 5: Insolent Networks: The Auto-Mated Social Life 91
Gary Kenton
Part III: Ideology and Geopolitical Considerations 115
Chapter 6: Striking Symbols: Re-Sounding Words from 117 Leonard Cohen to Neil Postman
Ruthanne Wrobel
Chapter 7: Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing! The End of Progress and 129 the Beginning of a Third Way
Arthur W. Hunt III
Chapter 8: Divinizing Technology and Violence: Technopoly, 141 the Warfare State, and the Revolution in Military Affairs
Phil Rose
Chapter 9: Posthuman Postmanism: Confronting Technopoly 163 with Deep Media Ecology
Niall Stephens
Part IV: Confrontations: From Education to Liberation 181
Chapter 10: Postman’s Hope: Rethinking the Role of Education in Technopoly 183
Ellen Rose
Chapter 11: The New Social Media Curriculum: Confronting Technopoly 199 with Education
Geraldine E. Forsberg
Chapter 12: Black Mountain College: Experiments in Form 213
Michael Plugh
Chapter 13: The Arts of Liberation in the Age of Technopoly 229
Edward E. Tywoniak
About the Authors 245
Acknowledgements 249
Index 251

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