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The Cult of Information

(1986)
The Folklore of Computers and the True Art of Thinking
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The title notwithstanding, Theodore Roszak is no computer hater. But in an age that idolizes intelligent machines, he stands out as a rare cautionary voice. His book makes an eloquent case for a simple thesis: digital computing, far from being a panacea, has created as many problems as it solves. For Roszak, a fair measure of the fault lies with corporate hucksterism, a credulous educational establishment, and government's desire to control information. But the deeper worry is our own utopian techno-idealism--the belief that a scientific broom can sweep away our messy problems. The author challenges such computer messianism with a detailed, common-sense look at the history of what computing has actually brought us. The trends he sees--the conflation of data with knowledge, the erosion of human-centered values, and the rise of a digital oligarchy at just about everyone else's expense--are tough to deny. If you love computers, The Cult of Information is a provocative read, but one you shouldn't dodge.



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October 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Cult of Information: The Folklore of Computers and the True Art of Thinking
Author(s): Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0-7188-2674-4 / 978-0-7188-2674-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Lutterworth Press
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April 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Cult of Information: The Folklore of Computers and The True Art of Thinking
Author(s): Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0-394-54622-9 / 978-0-394-54622-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: The Cult of Information: The Folklore of Computers and the True Art of Thinking
Author(s): Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0-7188-9526-6 / 978-0-7188-9526-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Lutterworth Press
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April 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Cult of Information: A Neo-Luddite Treatise on High-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and the True Art of Thinking
Author(s): Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0-520-08584-1 / 978-0-520-08584-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of California Press
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June 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Cult of Information: The Folklore of Computers and the True Art of Thinking (Paladin Books)
Author(s): Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0-586-08669-2 / 978-0-586-08669-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paladin
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1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cult of Information
Author(s): Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0-394-75175-2 / 978-0-394-75175-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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