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Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences

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Publisher Comments:

In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls "revenge effects"--the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity that have been hallmarks of the progressive, improvement-obsessed modern age. Tenner shows why our confidence in technological solutions may be misplaced, and explores ways in which we can better survive in a world where despite technology's advances--and often because of them--"reality is always gaining on us."  For anyone hoping to understand the ways in which society and technology interact, Why Things Bite Back is indispensable reading.  "A bracing critique of technological determinism in both its utopian and dystopian forms...No one who wants to think clearly about our high-tech future can afford to ignore this book."--Jackson Lears, Wilson Quarterly

Synopsis:

If computers really eliminate paperwork, why is the office recycling bin always overflowing? Why are the lines before the bank's ATMs often longer than the ones at the tellers' windows? Anyone who has ever pondered those questions will delight in Why Things Bite Back, a perceptive, provocative, and wryly funny look at the frustrating "revenge effects" of our most vaunted technologies.

Edward Tenner's book is rich in examples of backfiring innovations: from "low tar" cigarettes that drive smokers to smoke more to antibiotics that breed new, resistant strains of bacteria. More important, Tenner shows us what we must do to survive in a world where — despite technology's advances — "reality is always gaining on us".

About the Author

Edward Tenner, former executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press, holds a visiting research appointment in the Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences at Princeton University. He received the A.B. from Princeton and the Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and has held visiting research positions at Rutgers University and the Institute for Advanced Study. In 1991-92 he was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and in 1995-96 is a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679747567
Author:
Tenner, Edward
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Technical Writing
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Effect of human beings on
Subject:
Technology -- Economic aspects.
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Reference-Writing as a Business
Subject:
technology;science;design;non-fiction;engineering;sociology;history;unintended consequences;society;computers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1stVintage pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Vintage Pbk
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.8563 lb

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"Synopsis" by , If computers really eliminate paperwork, why is the office recycling bin always overflowing? Why are the lines before the bank's ATMs often longer than the ones at the tellers' windows? Anyone who has ever pondered those questions will delight in Why Things Bite Back, a perceptive, provocative, and wryly funny look at the frustrating "revenge effects" of our most vaunted technologies.

Edward Tenner's book is rich in examples of backfiring innovations: from "low tar" cigarettes that drive smokers to smoke more to antibiotics that breed new, resistant strains of bacteria. More important, Tenner shows us what we must do to survive in a world where — despite technology's advances — "reality is always gaining on us".

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