The Laing Lectures: The inaugural series of an annual lectureship in honor of William John Laing.
Lecture 1: This lecture is a discussion of the Faustian bargain that is always a characteristic of technological innovation. Technology giveth and taketh away, and it is of the utmost importance that those of us whose lives are affected by technological change understand precisely what we are getting and what we are losing. Response: Dr.Craig Gay, Regent College.
Lecture 2: This lecture will argue that human beings are, above all else, storytellers, and that our most important stories are those which try to give purpose and continuity to our lives. Without air cells die; without stories our selves die. This session will stress the point that in a technological society, the need for new stories is more important than ever.
Lecture 3: In this lecture Dr. Postman will suggest some possibilities for new narratives that can give spiritual meanings to our lives. Of course, as is always the case, we will have to find our new stories by a retelling of the old.
Neil Postman is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Media Ecology and Chair of the Department of Culture and Communication, New York University. He is the author of seventeen books and has had over 200 articles published.