books — 27 voters. The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner Conscientious Objections by Neil Postman The Second Self by Sherry Turkle The UNIX. “–David Dickson, New York Times Book Review “The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher’s equivalent of superb public history. The book The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, Langdon Winner is published by University of Chicago Press.

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Jan 14, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Proponents of electronic democracy subscribe to the belief that democracy is first and foremost a matter of distributing information.

The rest of the anthology will appeal more to the technophobic and “limits on growth” advocates: Hope Is an Imperative.

He believes that, unlike other forms of human creativity, technology has never been considered a subject worthy of philosophical inquiry. Apr 26, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: Science Logic and Mathematics.

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Lynnette Fuller rated it really liked it Sep 29, The notion that new technologies will produce increased democratization, participation, and social equality does not stand up to scrutiny, he insists. Winner illustrates the dangers of our society’s unquestioning faith in technology by examining the concept of “risk” and the practice of “risk assessment” — one of the ways commonly used for choosing between competing technologies.

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But nevertheless full of gems. Trusting Our Selves to Technology. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Please review your cart. Trivia About The Whale and the You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Paperbackpages. Langdon Winner has made a name for himself as something of rewctor neo-Luddite or technophobe.


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Winner does frame the thesis of the book as such and every chapter begins with a tease that the topic might actually be explored in some academic fashion. Gives a pretty good overview of changing conceptions of technology Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power.

Keywords for Environmental Studies. He describes the pervasive “computer romanticism” of our times as rooted in a “woefully distorted picture of the role of electronic systems in social life.

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