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Volume 14, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN: 1539-7785
  • E-ISSN: 2048-0717



Neil Postman and Jacques Ellul both critiqued a media culture dominated by technique, or technology, although each had a different name for it. Postman called it ‘technopoly’; Ellul called it ‘technological society’ long before. As different as the names were their proposed stances to combat it. Postman wrote fleetingly of the ‘loving resistance fighter’, Ellul of the ‘Christian anarchist’. The former was a more individualized, education-based response, the latter a political, activist response. This article compares their responses and offers a synthesis of the two, ‘the media ecology education anarchist’ in an attempt to mesh the strengths of each approach.


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Keyword(s): anarchy; education; Ellul; Postman; technological society; technopoly
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