Chapter 1. What Technology Giveth It Taketh Away


‘Technology giveth and technology taketh away, and not always in equal measure. A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided.’

 --Postman (1990)

Despite Postman’s dire prediction, society has profited immensely from the development, implementation, and operation of new information technologies. Our lives have been enriched by the increased prosperity, expanded opportunity, and greater variety that advances in information technology provide.

From the printing press to the information age

The information age is a product of information technology. This is not, however, its distinguishing feature. Despite what many may ...

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