Neil Postman's Technopoly Essay

3246 Words 13 Pages
Neil Postman, writer, educator, critic and communications theorist, has written many books, including Technopoly. Mr. Postman is one of America's most visible cultural critics, who attempts to analyze culture and history in terms of the effects of technology on western culture. For Postman, it seems more important to consider what society loses from new technology than what it gains. To illustrate this, Postman uses the Egyptian mythology called "The Judgment of Thamus," which attempts to explain how the development of writing in Egyptian civilization decreases the amount of knowledge and wisdom in the society. He traces the roots of technology to show how technology impacts the moral and intellectual attitude of people. Postman seems to …show more content…
Even though this was not an age of technical power, it still can be considered an age of power. There were many great rulers who sat at the top of a hierarchy and controlled the lives of the powerless, the peasants, and the impoverished. Postman describes this culture in a positive way because he feels there was no concern with the idea of progress, yet he fails to touch upon the negative aspects of society. During the Medieval times, peasants were poor and had a slim chance to move up in the hierarchical structure of during this time. Their lives were controlled by people that were born wealthy and very rarely did their children have better lives than their parents. During the Industrial Revolution, " new machines, new sources of power, and new ways of organizing work transformed the United States from an agricultural nation to an industrial power" (Lubar). Postman fails to mention how people of different skill, ethnicity, race, and gender were treated poorly during this time of heavy manual labor and repetitious factory work. Large corporations dominated much of the American Industry and many industrial workers called for social justice through organizations and trade unions. Postman could have strengthened his argument by acknowledging women throughout the book. Women, as well as blacks and poor people, were not treated fairly due to the increase in technology. Women fought for women's rights, and blacks fought

Related Documents