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Orlov discusses ‘Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit Our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom’

January 20, 2017
Shepherdstown Chronicle

"We need to work out where we go from here, individually and, more importantly, collectively. Dmitry Orlov guides us through this process more effectively and entertainingly, than almost anyone else writing today," said Nicole Foss, senior editor at The Automatic Earth.

Four Seasons Books and Fresh and Local CSA, will host a presentation and book signing on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Four Seasons Books featuring social philosopher Dmitry Orlov, author of "Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies That Limit Our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom."

Over the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new, technologically advanced, more efficient methods.

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What exactly is progressive or efficient about this new arrangement is hardly ever examined in depth: if the new ways of doing things are so much better, then we must all be leading relaxed, stress-free, enjoyable lives with plenty of free time to devote to art and leisure activities. But a more careful look at these changes shows us that many of these advances are not weighing favorably in a harm/benefit comparison. The harm to the environment, society, and even to our own personalities, on an individual level, is plain to see, but is brushed off with hollow claims about efficiency and progress.

Shrinking the Technosphere guides readers through the process of bringing technology down to a manageable number of carefully chosen, essential, well-understood and controllable elements. It is about regaining the freedom to use technology for our own benefit, and is critical reading for all who seek to get back to a point where technologies assist rather than control.

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad, USSR, into an academic family, and emigrated to the United States in the mid-1970s. He holds degrees in Computer Engineering and Linguistics, and has worked in a variety of fields, including high-energy physics, Internet commerce, network security and advertising. He is the best-selling author of several previous books, including Reinventing Collapse and The Five Stages of Collapse.

For more information, contact Allan Balliett at info @freshandlocalcsa.com.

 
 
 

 

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