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Clifford Stoll loves computers. He loves them so much he even converted his old outdated Macintosh
into an aquarium rather than put it out with the trash. What this veteran programmer and self-made
social critic doesn't love, however, is "the cult of computing"--the "blind faith that technology will
deliver a cornucopia of futuristic goodies without extracting payment in kind."
In particular, Stoll hates the way computer cultists have infiltrated America's schools, and in High
Tech Heretic--a straight-talking, fast-moving broadside of a book--he aims every argument in his
arsenal at the widespread belief that computers are the greatest educational invention since chalk.
While he's at it, he also takes some potshots at the hype about virtual community, the Internet
economy, and the death of the book, as well as the scourges of buggy software, ugly hardware, and
Stoll's contrarianism is so wide-ranging he sometimes flails as he rushes to keep up with himself. But
for the most part he hits his targets dead on. Stoll's chatty style and cracker-barrel wit (both of which
occasionally grate) seem tailored to convince you he's just talking home-spun common sense, yet
he's obviously done his research. Whether he's quoting Thomas Edison's predictions for that great
educational tool, "the motion picture" ("in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of
textbooks") or breaking down the grim budgetary implications of the high-tech school system (more
computers means fewer teachers, music rooms, and books), Stoll's choice factual details--and
spirited indignation--blow holes in the pretensions of the digital age.
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