Neil Postman and Media Ecology

Here is an older lecture from Neil Postman, presenting to the faculty and students at Calvin College. It is part 1 of 7. If the first part catches your interest, you can view the rest of them on YouTube. If we are going to spend time exploring critical perspectives on technology and society, we can’t ignore Postman. Back in the 1990s, it was Postman’s books that introduced me to the world of media ecology, challenged me to ask tough questions about our technological society, and introduced me to a world of thinkers/authors like Jacques Ellul, Lewis Mumford, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong…

More than anything else, I value Postman for helping us craft good questions about life in the digital world. ”

What is the problem to which this technology is a solution?”

“Whose problem is it actually?”

“If there is a legitimate problem that is solved by the technology, what other problems will be caused by my using this technology?”

“Am I using this technology or is it using me?”