and now for my next trick

neil postman’s 6 questions

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            • Here are six questions Postman says we must ask when someone tells us about a new technology –
                                  • What is the problem to which this technology is a solution?
                      • Whose problem is it?
                  • What new problems might be created by solving the original problem?
                  • Which people and what institutions will be most seriously harmed by this new technology?
                  • What changes in language are being forced by these new technologies?
                  • What sort of people and institutions gain special economic and political power from this new technology?

Written by Peter Rudd

August 16, 2009 at 1:18 am

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  1. […] theorist Neil Postman used to say that whenever a new technology comes along, we should always ask six questions, starting with this one: To what problem is this technology a […]

  2. What book is that from?


    November 18, 2011 at 1:34 am

  3. […] (questions below adapted from Postman’s 6 Questions regarding Technology: […]

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