15 Jan

Surviving Technopolis

Category: What We're Reading
By: Ben Garner
Published: 01/15/14

Essays on finding balance in our new man-made environments

Technology often plays a prominent role in the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal discussions; over the years we've spoken with figures such as Gilbert Meilaender, Albert Borgmann, Brian Brock, and Neil Postman on topics ranging from bioethical concerns to the sociological and psychological impact of the internet. Adding to this discussion about the overlooked consequences of technology is a new book by Arthur W. Hunt III, Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Tennessee, titled Surviving Technopolis. This book features a collection of Hunt's essays, each one examining the impact of technology on a specific area of life from economics to public speaking. From the introduction:

Whether we call it the megamachine, La Technique, Technopoly, or the Abolition of Man, makes little difference. These labels are all getting at the same thing. To boil it down, Technopolis refers to our new man-made environments - now gone global - and how they intentionally and unintentionally alter the economic, social, and moral fabric of our lives. In this sense Technopolis is not just about new and powerful technologies; it is about the technological milieu in which we swim. Ultimately, these essays address the subject of what people are for - that is, the implications of being created in God's image.

It's a short read, but filled with insights into the far-reaching impact of our technology-driven society.