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Can any of you in this group suggest the best books on technology and education or culture?
I have read:
Technopoly (Niel Postman)
Mediated (De Zengotita)
The World is Flat (Thomas Friedman)
The Technological Society (Jacques Ellul)
What else should we be considering?
It is far from classical in orientation and radically pro-technology, but I recently read What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly (2010). More on topic but still at a basic or popular level, I have also read The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (2011). Mining the “Further Reading” at the end of Carr’s book (pages 253+), yields a list of pertinent titles. Saenger, Ong, Jackson, Baron, Moss strike me in particular as valuable future reading. Has anyone read any of these? Here are the titles from Carr’s list that seemed most on topic (with a few being clearly in line with a classical philosophy of education):
Brandon, can you explain how you found this book to be helpful? I found it so unhelpful that I put it down & didn't finish it.
Brandon Booth said:
Neal Stephenson - The Diamond Age
A novel, about a oppressed futuristic, neo-Victorian society that has primers for girls written on 'smart paper' that write themselves as the girl grows up giving guidance for their present situation. Is it relevant for this discussion? Not sure, but it is a great read.