Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman

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As time progresses technology increases and improves. However, this progression could pose as a serious problem for generations to come, and New York University department chair of communication arts Neil Postman expresses this concern in his 1992 book, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. In the opening of Postman’s book he expresses that technology is indeed our friend because technology provides our society with fast and easy convenience and accessibility. As with most other things, there are always two sides to everything and Postman notes, that “of course, there is a dark side to this friend” referring to technology (Postman, 1992). Many people do not address the negative sides to technology and just turn a blind eye …show more content…
In Postman’s book he states that in societies that are technocracies like our society currently is, technology and tradition co-exist “in uneasy tension” (Postman, 1992). This is a result of technologies competing with cultural traditions. Many people believe that technology is one of the greatest components to life; Postman rightly believes that technology is destroying our society because it is making us lazy, we lack control over technology, and we believe anything that comes from technology. Postman argues that technology specifically computers are redefining our society’s knowledge, vocabulary, and culture, specifically making us lazy. Inventions like the computer have resulted in our society needed to be a direct link between the information and us. The information from computers appears indiscriminately and directed at one on specifically, in huge volumes and fast speed. Computers are taking away the need for personal interaction of having a face-to-face conservation with someone and sharing information. According to Wiener and Mohr, when we use computers “we persist in believing that what we need to solve the pressing problems of the world is with more information, a notion Postman finds ridiculous” (Wiener & Mohr, 1994). As a society we are becoming lazy and are no longer using our own knowledge to solve problems that were once traditional done by other methods; therefore, we are simply relying on the means of the computer to provide things for us even