Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the by Lee Siegel

By Lee Siegel

From the writer hailed by means of the New York occasions e-book overview for his “drive-by brilliance” and dubbed through the New York Times Magazine as “one of the country’s so much eloquent and acid-tongued critics” comes a ruthless problem to the traditional knowledge in regards to the such a lot consequential cultural improvement of our time: the net.

Of direction the net isn't something or one other; if whatever, its boosters declare, the internet is every little thing right now. It’s turn into not just our basic medium for conversation and knowledge but additionally where we visit store, to play, to discuss, to discover love. Lee Siegel argues that our ever-deepening immersion in life on-line doesn’t simply reshape the standard rhythms of our days; it additionally reshapes our minds and tradition, in methods with which we haven’t but reckoned. the internet and its cultural correlatives and by-products—such because the dominance of fact tv and the increase of the “bourgeois bohemian”—have became privateness into functionality, play into trade, and stressed “self-expression” with artwork. or even as expertise professionals ply their exchange using the language of freedom and democracy, we cede a growing number of regulate of our freedom and individuality to the desires of the machine—that confluence of commercial and know-how whose obstacles now stretch to surround just about all human task.

Siegel’s argument isn’t a Luddite intervention opposed to the net itself yet really a bracing allure for us to deal with how it is reworking us all. Dazzlingly erudite, filled with startlingly unique insights, and buoyed through sharp wit, Against the Machine will strength you to determine our culture—for larger and worse—in a wholly new way.

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S. H . . OW ...... m ❶ Use maps and globes to point out to students where Egypt and Kush were located. Point out that Kush occupied territory in what is now part of northern Sudan. Ask students to list geographical features on the maps and globes that they see in northern Sudan. ) ❷ Ask students to tell you what they notice about the areas surrounding the Nile River. ) Ask students why cities would be around the Nile River. Make a list of their ideas on the board. Share with students the background information about the Nile River on page 50.

OW ...... m ❶ Distribute copies of Meroitic Writing to students. ❷ Ask students to examine the Meroitic language. Direct them to compare the hieroglyphics and cursive scripts. Allow students to comment on any similarities that they see. ❸ Share with students the background information about the Meroitic language on page 57. Emphasize the difference between understanding how sounds in a word are pronounced and knowing what the word means. For an example, use a dictionary to look up an unfamiliar word.

That doesn’t sound too appealing, either. You might have to disguise yourself as a merchant, prisoner, acrobat, or snake charmer to get secret information for Chandragupta. You know that he has spies throughout the kingdom. Oh, well—you are ready for your assignment. ❸ After you finish reading, have students write about their life in Chandragupta’s secret service, as a diary entry, focusing on one exciting day. ❹ Combine students’ tales into a spy magazine for others to read. 46 Ancient Civilizations © Wendy Conklin, Scholastic Teaching Resources ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ Teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism Students create an illustrated guide to two Indian religions.

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