Title: Building a Bridge to the 18th Century : How the Past Can Improve Our Future
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Random House Inc October 2000
0375701273 / 9780375701276
Seller ID: 50609
Call him an enemy of the twentieth century. Call him a neo-Luddite. Postman won't mind much; he'll embrace much of the charge. Whatever you call him though, we believe he's just the sort of gadfly the twenty-first century needs. In this book, Postman builds on the critique of modern technology he has developed in earlier studies (especially Disappearance of Childhood), and calls for a reevaluation and appropriation of some of the key values of the Enlightenment -- freedom of inquiry, tolerance, self-evident moral absolutes, literacy, rationality. Especially in the education of the young, Postman proposes looking to the Enlightenment to learn the art of asking questions and thinking critically (which is not to say cynically or deconstructively) and protests the tendency of our techno-driven age to smother children with information they cannot process. Postman's embrace of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is not uncritical; he finds much to admire in the harmony and integrity of the educational systems of the Middle Ages. The result is a wise and provocative appreciation of the Enlightenment and its relevance that offers much to both modernists and traditionalists.