I participated in the third salon entitled the judgment of thamus, based on an exerpt of a book by neil postman i found the article, our salon discussion and the additional articles and video posted on the salon wiki, very thought provoking. Neil postman, technolopoly: the surrender of culture to technology (knopf, 1992) 1: the judgment of thamus you will find in plato’s phaedrus a story about thamus, the king of a great city of upper egypt for people such as ourselves, who are inclined (in thoreau’s phrase) to be tools of our tools, few legends are more instructive than his. Neil postman begins his book technopoly: the surrender of culture to technology with the judgment of thamus in order to elucidate “several sound principles” (p 4) to guide his thinking on the critique of the technology of writing and its current transformations as modern science and technology, and its condemnation by thamus.
Postman's the judgement of thamus in the chapter the judgement of thamus from neil postman's techopoly , the author uses the tale of king thamus found in plato's phaedrus to frame his arguments about the effects of technology on people. Neil postman s the judgment of thamus critique of neil postman’s technopoly and the distribution of technology introduction: in chapter 1 of neil postman’s technoloply, postman believes that technology alters our world because it is controlled by individuals who do not want the rest of the world to know how technology is controlled in an effort to keep the power centralized. Postman begins this chapter from technopoly with a clever allusion to plato’s phaedrus in which egyptian king thamus speaks with theuth, an ‘inventor of many things’, who endeavours to convince king thamus that writing is useful and should be celebrated.
Running head: commentary 1 – the judgment of thamus 1 david symonds commentary 1 – neil postman’s “the judgment of thamus” etec 540. Neil postman and the judgment of thamus: salon #3 i participated in the third salon entitled the judgment of thamus, based on an exerpt of a book by neil postman i found the article, our salon discussion and the additional articles and video posted on the salon wiki, very thought provoking. Postman’s views within this chapter are highlighted by his many examples and continuous reference to the story of thamus he points out that new inventions need new words and that new inventions change what was known as truth or information.
Learn from thamus the following” postman writes, “that once a technology is admitted, it plays out its hand it does what it is designed to do our task is to understand what that design is- that is to say, when we admit a new technology to the culture, we must do so with our eyes wide open” (postman, 1993, p7.
Neil postman- “the judgement of thamus” the problem: neil postman claims that there are people who ignore what technology will undo and only focus on what new technology can do for them.