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Electronic Illusions, A Skeptic's View of Our High-Tech Future
Published by Penguin Books, NY/London (1984)
Paperback 256 pages Measures 8x5 inches Weighs 7 ounces

Condition: Very Good.
An excellent copy displaying rich colorful cover. Pages are slightly off-white. Text is crisp and bright.
Solid tight copy.

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This is a heretical book about technology. Like all heretical opin­
ion, it presents a less comfortable picture of the world than the
orthodox view. Considerable effort has gone into selling the prop­
osition that technology is good for us, individually and as a so-
j ciety. This public-relations push for computer technology comes
not only from corporate publicists of large companies, but also
from governments and the media. It has had a great deal of
success. Proponents of headlong technological innovation now
occupy positions of such power that they have redirected their
energies from the promotion of their own ideas to the discour­
agement of those of their opponents. Aggression toward those
who question the effect of changes in technology has evoked a
cringing response from many doubters. Instead of stating their
objections clearly, the doubters have conceded many of the as­
sumptions of the pro-technologists. As a result, open criticism of
how new technology is designed and introduced has become
Here are some of the heresies advanced in this book: If tech­
nology is so good for us, why haven't we all benefited from it?
If computers are more efficient in running businesses, why aren't
employees paid more? Why are computers used to constrict and
define our lives, instead of enhancing them? Why are so many
computer systems used to tighten control and increase..

Electronic Illusions, A Skeptic's View of Our High-Tech Future Ian Reinecke Penguin Books, NY/London (1984) Computer Technology Debate


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