Critique Essay (Technopoly)

Topics: Technology, Religion, Human Pages: 3 (879 words) Published: November 19, 2013


David Cadillon
WRTG 391 Advanced Research Writing
Critique Essay
20 October 2013

Now a day’s technology is such a common part of our lives no one really stops to question what it’s taking away from society, if anything. But in 1992 Neil Postman, an author of over 200 magazines and newspaper articles, wrote the book Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology to explain the many ways technology was taking over. In his book Technopoly, Postman makes an effort to paint a picture of “when, how, and why technology became a particularly dangerous enemy” (Postman xii). In his introduction, he gives a brief history lesson of Thamus and god Theuth who was the inventor of many things (Postman p. 3) to allow the reader to think carefully of how technology has affected society. He continues to share many anecdotal examples of how technology has taken over common human interaction, but gives no solid credible facts of how technology has become the enemy. With as many metaphorical examples that he uses, he doesn’t convince me, and I don’t agree society “seeks its authorization from technology…” (Postman 71). Postman makes it seem as if technology is the end all be all of our society, when in fact, it’s not.

According to Postman, society allows technology power to influence or command their thoughts, opinions, or behaviors, basically, technology runs our lives and everything in it, but I don’t think we “seek authorization” from technology as much as we exploit and rely heavily on it for our own personal benefit. We rely heavily on technology to interact with others, conduct business and to keep ourselves organized. For example, when you go to a bank, you may wait for the “system” to give the approval of a loan, but ultimately a human inputs those parameters to analyze individual situations and approve or disapprove the loan. When you look at the bigger picture, you realize that humans are still the ones controlling the...

Cited: Postman, Neil. (1992). Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York:Vintage Books.
Weir, S. (1992). Apocalypse, Wow. Nation, 255(6), 216.
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