Neil Postman gave this talk in 1998. A scholar who worked at New York University for over four decades, Postman’s first book (co-authored with Charles Weingartner), Teaching as a Subversive Activity (1969) I read as a teacher. He has written extensively about the impact of television and other technologies on culture, education, and life. He died in 2003.
I call my talk Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change. I base these ideas on my thirty years of studying the history of technological change but I do not think these are academic or esoteric ideas. They are to the sort of things everyone who is concerned with cultural stability and balance should know and I offer them to you in the hope that you will find them useful in thinking about the effects of technology on religious faith.
The first idea is that all technological…
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