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                       Technology and Human Responsibility
    Issue #69       Copyright 1998 Bridge Communications        April 14, 1998
                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
                         On the Web: http://netfuture.org
         You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes.
    *** Editor's Note
    *** Quotes and Provocations
          Communing with a Condor
          Move Along, Now!
          When Work Disappears
          Improving Productivity -- with Horses
          How Computers May Promote IRS Reform
    *** Langdon Winner Introduces His New Column
          Watch Out for `Tech Knowledge Revue'
    *** Who Said That?
    *** About this newsletter

    What Readers Are Saying about NETFUTURE

    "NETFUTURE is without doubt the most incisively reasoned critical voice about the role of computers in our lives."

    (For the identity of the speaker, who pursues issues
    in the design of research instrumentation, see "Who Said That?" below.)

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    *** Editor's Note

    I'm extremely pleased to announce that we will be graced in the future by contributions from Langdon Winner. Currently Professor of Political Science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Winner has been praised as "the leading academic on the politics of technology" (Wall Street Journal). Two of his books are now recognized classics: Autonomous Technology, a study of the technology-out-of-control theme in modern social thought, and The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology. He has over a hundred scholarly articles to his name.

    A sometime rock critic (nobody, after all, is perfect), Winner was contributing editor at Rolling Stone in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has contributed articles on rock and roll to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The Encylopaedia Britannica. He is currently working on a book about the politics of design in the contexts of engineering, architecture and political society.

    You will find an introductory letter from Winner below. Please consider forwarding this issue, or Winner's letter (along with the concluding subscription information) to those who might have an interest in his work.


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    *** Quotes and Provocations

    Communing with a Condor

    In The Spell of the Sensuous David Abram tells of sitting on a boulder jutting out from a cliff in the Himalayas. "It was a ringing blue Himalayan day, clear as a bell", and two lammergeier condors sailed the air currents between neighboring, snow-covered pea