ERIC Number: ED383312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Man and Machines: Three Criticisms.
Schneider, Edward F.
As machines have become a more common part of daily life through the passage of time, the idea that the line separating man and machine is slowly fading has become more popular as well. This paper examines three critics of change through their most famous works. One of the most popular views of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is that it is a criticism of science's impact on people. The book's popularity was due in part to the fact that it reinforced fears of industrialization replacing man. The idea that man and science, or man and machines, would be the next step in evolution is still an intriguing concept. Marshall McLuhan's prediction in "The Media Is the Massage" that technology must improve or replace vision to allow for man to continue to grow was met with criticism from all areas of English and communications. These individuals felt as though McLuhan was attempting to replace the soul of communication with technology. Samuel Florman's "The Existential Pleasures of Engineering" deals with the relationship between man and machine, speaking of what has happened as opposed to speculation on what could happen. It is an indication of how the morals of the engineer are formed, apparently from the things they build, instead of from the society they build for. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the 1995 Annual National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), (17th, Anaheim, CA, 1995); see IR 017 139.