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                       Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #54       Copyright 1997 Bridge Communications         July 30, 1997
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
                         On the Web: http://netfuture.org
         You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes.
    
    
    CONTENTS:
    *** Editor's Note
    
    *** Quotes and Provocations
          Accelerated Life, Computers, and the Environment
          Are Our Brains Changing?
          The Vacuity of Information
          Education and the Net -- Read and Weep
          Spreadsheet Errors
    
    *** Helping Students Understand Computers (Stephen L. Talbott)
          John Morris's Innovations at a Waldorf School
    
    Departments
    
    *** Announcements and Resources
          Background on Waldorf Education
    
    *** About this newsletter
    

    *** Editor's Note

    I've aimed (and will aim) a lot of criticism at the educational establishment's sophomoric love affair with technology. But there remains the question, How should we teach students about technology? Lowell Monke, as we have seen, is struggling with this question. So is John Morris, and I hope you won't miss the description of his wonderfully contrarian classroom approach in this issue's feature article.

    This is the last issue of NETFUTURE until after Labor Day. Look for coverage of some of the "bigger" topics in the fall. For example,

    But now, a month's retreat from the online world. Have an enjoyable summer!

    SLT

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    *** Quotes and Provocations

    Accelerated Life, Computers, and the Environment

    "For the modern mind ... space and time are the basic forms of hindrance. Anything that is away is too far-away .... And anything that lasts, lasts simply too long .... Acceleration is therefore the imperative which rules technological innovation as well as the little gestures of everyday life."

    Wolfgang Sachs made those remarks at the "Doors of Perception 4" conference in the Netherlands, November, 1996. Sachs is the director o