books — 27 voters. The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner Conscientious Objections by Neil Postman The Second Self by Sherry Turkle The UNIX. “–David Dickson, New York Times Book Review “The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher’s equivalent of superb public history. The book The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, Langdon Winner is published by University of Chicago Press.

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He laments a lot of technology as simply “progress for progress’ lantdon, but he doesn’t give any way to evaluate what is good technology and what is bad. History of Western Philosophy. Anna Szabolcsi – manuscript. Milton Mueller – – Critical Review 1 4: Examining technologies solely on the basis of risk and benefit ignores the larger moral and political dimensions, he argues. Conditions of power, authority, freedom, and social wonner are often deeply embedded in technical devices.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is reflected in our general approach to reacttor which is more concerned with “how things work” and “making things work” than with the moral and political significance of technical systems in themselves. In particular, Winner winher very thoughtful discussions of the technological imperatives embedded in technologies, the concept of “nature,” and the meaning of decentralization.


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Added to PP index Total downloads 22of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 5of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Trivia About The Whale and the The polio vaccine was good it seems because it saved the lives of white American kids like the landgon. While he looks at computer networking, nuclear reactors, langddon engineering, the so-called appropriate-technology movement and a variety of other specific issues, his main focus is on the way we think about technology.

Langdon Winner is currently my favorite living academic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Designing the New American University. A couple of the essays “Do Artifacts Have Politics?

Winner does an excellent job of mounting some well-placed and subtle criticisms of technological devices and the way in which we evaluate and discuss those technologies.

Joseph rated it really liked it Jun 04, It also shows all the hallmarks of an extended collection of essays.


The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology

In The Whale and the ReactorLangdon Winner argues that technologies have politics and should not be viewed as separate from us: Abounds with references, conceptual analysis and extended discussions of the political consequences of choosing technologies of varying scale.

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Martin – – Science and Engineering Ethics 8 4: Mithradates K rated it liked it Mar anr, But I prefer to think of him as a public historian who raises the very questions many of us are reluctant to ask about new information technologies.

We appreciate your feedback. A Larger Sense of Purpose. Ultimately, though, I felt a bit disappointed that Winner did not offer a more substantive proposal concerning how to evaluate technological devices. In its pages an analytically langdln mind confronts some of the most pressing political issues of our day.

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