09 March 2012

New:; Winifred Gallagher

New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and ChangeNew: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change by Winifred Gallagher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This starts with an interesting example of how we relate to technology as neophiles or neophobes, and goes on to talk about that continuum. Given the push to embrace the Neat! New! Improved! tools that can assist with teaching in schools (note: some people actually think this can improve teaching, but these are only tools), I was particularly interested in this topic.

There are two problems with this book: the first is that he hammers points home, repeating and repeating and repeating so that there's no chance we don't understand, and the second is that some of the comments about how "popular" culture has changed are simply incorrect (many sitcoms, for example, still use laugh tracks - clearly we haven't evolved that much).

Still, this is food for thought and could possibly help those with different comfort levels understand the other's discomfort with those opposite them.

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