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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Worth Pub; 3rd edition (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312096429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312096427
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By A Customer on April 25 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely boring! I had a class -Society and Technology where I had to read this book and I love reading but to finish one chapter of the book was hell! no kidding.
I don't know why teachers pick such boring books to educate students...we simply loose interest!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9a88a0c0) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6fbb04) out of 5 stars NOT the Best Text Jan. 4 2008
By Pat Munday - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have taught a sophomore level class in Technology & Society for about 20 years, and long ago quit using the Volti text. Students find the book boring, it is overly superficial and lacks in-depth examples or analysis, and it does not cover many of the issues central to Science and Technology Studies. The book's breezy "factoids" are maddening, and unless you are willing to build your entire course around explaining and analysing them, the text will confuse students and encourage shallow thinking.

The recent text by Bauchspies, Croissant, and Restivo [Science, Technology, and Society (Blackwell, 2006) provides a much better foundation in the key intellectual issues for STS.

The Marcus and Segal text [Technology in America (Harcourt Brace Javanovich, 1989) provides an excellent historical overview--including a periodization that helps students grasp the way technology and society interact and shape our lives.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6fbb58) out of 5 stars Vaporous Boring Spittle Aug. 8 2011
By Subjectofnietzscheantendencies - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have had to use this text for a few years now in one version of the Technology & Society classes that I teach. Most of the students I've had who had to read this book hated it. They found it just as boring, if not more so, than I did. I'll say that, although Volti does present bits and pieces that should be covered in an introductory class on STS, overall not only is the book boring and tediously lethargic, Volti makes various presumptuous claims, logical and ethical contradictions, and demonstrates the metaphysics of language and capitalism throughout. Volti might tell you what there is, as he and many perceive it, but the text certainly falls short of any academic work of critical importance.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6fbf90) out of 5 stars Please to reorganize book this Dec 9 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Society and Technological Change is a respectable effort to present the issues relating to technology's impact on society. The information is sound and the research is reliable. But some important ideas are neglected--there is little about social construction of technology--and many ideas are confusingly overanalyzed as Mr. Volti argues various points of view. But the main shortcoming of this textbook is that it is in need of reorganization. Throughout, the reader wonders why this or that idea was not presented with earlier related notions. Mr. Volti should be commended for his scholarship and chided for his editorial choices.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a829168) out of 5 stars It's going to be perfect for my class March 17 2000
By knord - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm going to build a class around this book next fall. This book will be perfect for my freshman-level "Technology and Society" class. I found the book very interesting and I think my class will too.
The book is well researched and well written. Some may argue that the book lacks depth, but for my purposes, I appreciate the book's breadth versus depth compromise. I was wonderfully pleased to find a book that actually met the expectations I formed as a I perused its table of contents.
It is true that the book could be organized differently, but I didn't find the current organization to be as poor as the previous reviewer did.
Once again, the book is perfect for my purposes and I was thrilled to find it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa632e248) out of 5 stars An interesting book about Society and Technology Feb. 18 2013
By James P. Amyx - Published on
Format: Paperback
This text book, Society and Technological Change, is for the Technology and Society class at Excelsior College. This book defines technology. It also covers the history of technology. Aspects of how knowledge and technology affect society are also covered. Rudy Volti writes about the positive and negative impacts of technology.
The main point all throughout the book is how people and technology interact. Sometimes the chapter is about ethics and technology, sometimes it is about technology effecting the environment and how that aspect affects people in general. In the beginning the author gives a definition of technology or applied human knowledge. Then the sources of technological change are covered as well as how technologies change over time as different people apply them to fit their most direct needs and concerns. Whether the topic covered are ethical concerns in bio engineering or governing technology the constant in the book is how people either directly or indirectly get affect or what do people think about in regards to the topic covered. This book does a good job covering the ever expanding realm of technology. Rudi covered a multitude of subjects from factory unions to the Chinese inventing gun power. The book does cover events in a historical chronological manner. The book does flow from one chapter to then next. Something I have never considered is the fact that the very first newspaper was the first mass media in human history. Though this book is a required book for class it would definitely be a good book for people interested in technology, its history, and its impact on people or society.
While this book is a good source of information about technology, some of the themes covered lack a more comprehensive historical background. The nature of the class does not concern itself with many historical or geopolitical aspects of the cold war, yet the technology behind many cold war endeavors are covered throughout the book. There is one interesting dichotomy in this book. In chapter three the book's author points to more controlled societies with lack of technological progress then in the end of the book seemingly advocated a more government centric approach to technology policy in the United States. The book in total however is a good book about technology, history, people, the environment, and even some global issues related to technology. One of the unusual aspects of this book is the inventions that are in fact technology that most people do not realize. Siege catapults from medieval Europe changing is in fact technological progress.
This book covers human technology from the initial recorded human history of applied knowledge to the American space shuttle program. Many aspects of how this "technological innovation over time" impact people are carefully woven in to a complete story. This story is how technology and society interact. Rudy also covers some technologies from a perspective that some people might find enlightening. This is definitely a good book for people who want to learn more about technology and people.