19th C Philosopher muses about America – Trump era 2017

My post as an homage to Tocqueville… his insights were poignant wisdom. Almost prophetic. His words have been used by Neil Postman, academic and author who has posited that technology is not benign. See video. Today social media fake news, hacking, and journalism furor have us all in a state of fear. 

French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) traveled to the United States in 1831 to study its prisons and returned with a wealth of broader observations that he codified in “Democracy in America” (1835), one of the most influential books of the 19th century. With its trenchant observations on equality and individualism, Tocqueville’s work remains a valuable explanation of America to Europeans and of Americans to themselves. ( History)

Watch Neil Postman lecture 1997.(College)   https://youtu.be/hlrv7DIHllE


 Postman, Neil. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Knopf, 1992. Web.

Postman, Neil. “Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology.” Barnes & Noble. 30 Nov. 9479. Web. 14 Feb. 2017.

History.com Staff. “Alexis De Tocqueville.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 14 Feb. 2017.< http://www.history.com/topics/alexis-de-tocqueville

College Lecture Series. Surrender of Culture to Technoligy. Web. https://youtu.be/hlrv7DIHllE Mar. 1997

Kjantzen. “Neil Postman’s Technopoly … Twenty Years Later.” Kyle Jantzen. 18 Feb. 2015. Web. 14 Feb. 2017.


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