Cult of Information A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and the True Art of Thinking

ISBN-10: 0520085841
ISBN-13: 9780520085848
Edition: 2nd 1994 (Revised)
Authors: Theodore Roszak
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List price: $31.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/29/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

As we devote ever-increasing resources to providing, or prohibiting, access to information via computer, Theodore Roszak reminds us that voluminous information does not necessarily lead to sound thinking. "Data glut" obscures basic questions of justice and purpose and may even hinder rather than enhance our productivity. In this revised and updated edition ofThe Cult of Information, Roszak reviews the disruptive role the computer has come to play in international finance and the way in which "edutainment" software and computer games degrade the literacy of children. At the same time, he finds hopeful new ways in which the library and free citizens' access to the Internet and the national data-highway can turn computer technology into a democratic and liberating force. Roszak's examination of the place of computer technology in our culture is essential reading for all those who use computers, who are intimidated by computers, or who are concerned with the appropriate role of computers in the education of our children.

Theodore Roszak was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 15, 1933. He received a B.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. in English history from Princeton University. He taught at Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, San Francisco State University, and California State University, Hayward. His only lengthy departure from academia was when he served as editor of Peace News in London during 1964 and 1965. His writings and social philosophy have been controversial since the publication of The Making of a Counter Culture in 1968. His other nonfiction works include Where the Wasteland Ends, Person/Planet, The Voice of the Earth, The Cult of Information, and Ecopsychology: Healing the Mind, Restoring the Earth. He also wrote several novels including Flicker, The Devil and Daniel Silverman, and Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, which won the Tiptree Award. He died of cancer on July 5, 2011 at the age of 77.

Preface
In Defense of the Naked Mind: Introduction to the Second Edition
The Computer and General Ludd
How Artificial Can Intelligence Be?
Meanwhile, Back at the Carnival...
The End of the War Machine?
The Advent of the Money Machine
Edutainment from Apple II to Metroid II
The Ideal of the On-Line Commonwealth
And Finally...A Few Words for the Rest of Us
"Information, Please"
Information Old-Style
Enter UNIVAC
Cybernetics and the Secret of Life
Messages Without Meanings
The Biocomputer
The Data Merchants
High Tech and the Conservative Opportunists
Sunbelt Politics and the Warfare State
Megahype
Hackers and Hucksters
Silicon and Natural Selection
Technophilia
The Hidden Curriculum
The Chimera of Computer Literacy
A Solution in Search of Problems
The Computerized Campus
Power and Dependency
A Private Universe
The Program Within the Program: The Case of Logo
Of Ideas and Data
Ideas Come First
The Master Ideas
Experience, Memory, Insight
The Empiricist Gambit
No Ideas, No Information
Computers and Pure Reason
The Light in Plato's Cave
The Old Mathematical Magic
The Seductions of Software
An Alien Intelligence
The Flight from Reality
The Fifth Generation...and Beyond
The Computer and the Counterculture
Big Blue and the Guerrilla Hackers
An Electronic Populism
The Heroic Age of the Microcomputer
Reversionaries and Technophiles
Domes, Data, and Dope
Decline and Fall
The Politics of Information
Nothing But the Facts
Data Glut
Issues Before Information
On-line Communities: The Promise of Networking
Ben Franklin's Information Service: Libraries, Literacy, and the Ecology of Mind
The Public Library: The Missing Link in the Information Age
Privatizing the Public's Right to Know
The Library's High-Tech Identity Crisis
NREN and the Internet: All the World On-Line
Aladdin's Magic Digitized Lamp
Electronic Alzheimer's
Literacy Imperiled
Ecologists of Mind
In the Wrong Hands
The Foundations of Information Technology
The Surveillance Machine
The Polling Machine
The War Machine
Machine a Gouverner
At the Limits of Sanity: The Psychotic Machine
Descartes's Angel: Reflections on the True Art of Thinking
Notes
Index

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