By Neil Postman
During this witty, usually terrifying paintings of cultural feedback, the writer of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation right into a Technopoly: a society that now not in simple terms makes use of expertise as a aid procedure yet as an alternative is formed by means of it—with radical effects for the meanings of politics, paintings, schooling, intelligence, and fact.
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Additional info for Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Conﬂicts do not simply result from a return to traditional values. They may have quite different causes, including the struggle for land, water or a share in the state’s exploitation machinery, as well as conﬂicts over public morals and cultural hegemony. Culture or Conﬂict? 25 But conﬂicts, however they arise and whatever they are about, turn violent, if there are no institutions within which they can be carried out by other means. Such unregulated conﬂicts (Dubiel 1992; Hirschman 1994) intensify the process of establishing unambiguous identities, the construction of friend and foe, of good and evil.
Although initially there may be room to compromise over some issues (such as access for an ethnic or religious group to civil service or recognition of a minority language), what is ultimately at stake is the “essence” of the collective identity, which engenders its own concrete signals and conﬂict scenarios on this basis. This results, for example, in Ayodhya being posited as the birthplace of a Hindu god as a way of entering into symbolic and real conﬂict with Muslims. The more energy and time that are invested in such an idea, the higher the cost in human life, the “holier” the idea becomes, and the more difﬁcult deescalation becomes.
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