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Alternative Modernity by Andrew Feenberg: reviewed by Douglas Kellner

Andrew Feenberg, Alternative Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. pp. xi and 251 ISBN 0-520-08986-3 In Alternative Modernity, Andrew Feenberg continues his efforts to produce a critical theory of technology which develops philosophical perspectives to help us understand the immense importance and impact of technology within the contemporary world. His studies undertake to explore the impact of technology on diverse regions of human life and culture, and to interrogate both major theories concerning technology and some other cultural responses to the development of Western technology, including science fiction, dystopic film, and Japanese culture. In particular, Feenberg uses a reconstructed…

AirTraffic Control By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Air Traffic From GQ By Jeanne Marie Laskas Photograph by Kevin Cooley At any given moment, on any given morning, there are roughly 6,000 planes on their way to somewhere, from somewhere, over American airspace. Getting them safely down to the ground will depend upon the efforts of a small group of controllers who, nearly without fail, get the job done despite long hours, grim working conditions, and ancient technology. Jeanne Marie Laskas journeys to the tower at LaGuardia Airport in New York City to find out how it all happens. to get to the air-traffic-control tower at New York’s…

Transformation as an Ontological Imperative: The [Human] Future According to Bernard Stiegler By Stephen Barker

From the Journal Transformations that devoted an entire issue to Bernard Stiegler Issue No. 17 2009 — Bernard Stiegler and the Question of Technics Transformation as an Ontological Imperative: The [Human] Future According to Bernard Stiegler By Stephen Barker Today, we need to understand the process of technical evolution given that we are experiencing the deep opacity of contemporary technics; we do not immediately understand what is being played out in technics, nor what is being profoundly transformed therein, even though we unceasingly have to make decisions regarding technics, the consequences of which are felt to escape us more and…

Foucault, truth telling and technologies of the self in schools by Tina Besley

Foucault, truth telling and technologies of the self in schools1 Tina Besley University of Glasgow, United Kingdom Abstract The paper highlights how Foucauldian philosophical notions of care for the self are relevant to the moral education of young people yet care of the self is seldom an explicit goal of education, apart from sometimes appearing in such curricula as health or personal and social education. This paper considers Foucault’s changing understandings about the self; truth-telling and technologies of the self; and his genealogy of confession. Introduction When disciplinary measures exclude students from school, the serious long-term impacts are often reduced…

Education and the Global Mnemotechnical System by Bernard Stiegler

Education and the Global Mnemotechnical System by Bernard Stiegler from Culture Machine Humans die but their histories remain – this is the big difference between mankind and other life forms. Among these traces most have in fact not been produced with a view to transmitting memories: a piece of pottery or a tool were not made to transmit any memory but they do so nevertheless, spontaneously. Which is why archaeologists are looking for them: they are often the only witnesses of the most ancient episodes. Other traces are specifically devoted to the transmission of memory: for example, writing, photography, phonography…

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