24 September, 2020

Dissolving Cyberia

Anthropology of an IIT class

Dissolving Cyberia
THIS is a funny, brave and adventurous book, which should be read because it attempts a difficult task: an anthropology of the computer engineers and hard science eggheads who are being turned out in such numbers by institutions of higher learning such as the Indian Institute of Technology. It is a book which points to the ever-increasing importance of technology in our culture, and to the need to pause and to think very carefully about technology and culture before we continue in our mad rush towards computerisation and technological sophistication. It is also a curious book, and one which is perhaps infuriating or baffling to those who demand a clear and unified argument in an academic monograph, for it is organised as a series of forays into a technological maze. These are arranged as topics, fascinating in themselves: technology as fabula, Gandhianism and technology, the souls of computers and computer engineers, the cultural codes of engineers, the brain drain, measuring the mind, whether engineers have angst, consumer capitalism and desire, and so...


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