Reading Discussion 19
"Technopoly" by Neil Postman
I thought it was really interesting when Postman talked about how deeply technological advances affect everything around us. He says, "New things require new words. But new things also modify old words, words that have deep-rooted meanings" (8). It is interesting to think how different our vocabulary is even from ten years ago. Technology drives such changes.
Postman describes technophiles as people who "gaze on technology as a lover does on his beloved, seeing it as without blemish and entertaining no apprehension for the future" (5). He really feels like we must be skeptical of technology, as there are negative effects on our society and lives. For each invention, there must be the good and the bad and we must be aware of both.
1. Are you skeptic of technology? Are the gains worth the negative consequences?
2. How can technology help us in architecture and design? How have you used technology already and what would you have done without it?