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    Frankenstein as Science Fiction and Fact.J. M. van der Laan - 2010 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 30 (4):298-304.
    Often called the first of its kind, Frankenstein paved the way for science fiction writing. Its depiction of a then impossible scientific feat has in our time become possible and is essentially recognizable in what we now refer to as bioengineering, biomedicine, or biotechnology. The fiction of Frankenstein has as it were given way to scientific fact. Of more importance, however, is the challenge Mary Shelley’s novel presents to the ostensibly high-minded and well-intentioned hopes and promises of the scientist/technologist. Finally, (...)
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    Temptation and Seduction in the Technological Milieu.J. M. van der Laan - 2004 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24 (6):509-514.
    Jacques Ellul’s work on propaganda provides the basis for this analysis of life in technology. Advertising and the mass media rely on temptation and seduction and create a constant flow of propaganda, all of which serve the technological system. Propaganda aims to condition and regulate us so that we participate in and adapt ourselves to a desired pattern, specifically an existence adjusted to and in accord with the technological milieu. Technology tempts and seduces us with its promise and provision of (...)
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    Language and Being Human in Technology.J. M. van der Laan - 2012 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 32 (3):241-252.
    This essay considers the analysis Jacques Ellul carried out about the devaluation of language. This investigation also explores the consequences of that devaluation wrought by our orientation to technology. Our existence in technology transforms language and our use of it, shifting emphasis as well to the visual image. The technological mindset encourages a disregard for language. It entails as well the disuse and misuse of what is perhaps most human about us, language. As language conforms to the technological order, our (...)
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    Faust und das Böse: Der Sündenfall, der Zauber und der Wille zur Macht.J. M. Van Der Laan - 2012 - Zeitschrift für Religions- Und Geistesgeschichte 64 (3):260-278.
    The Western Tradition has long struggled to define and understand evil, yet definitive answers continue to elude us. So, too, the role of evil in Goethe's Faust remains problematic. With the help of Mephistopheles, Faust acquires a forbidden ,,knowledge of good and evil“, evoking the biblical story of the Fall. This study uncovers important layers of meaning in that story and reveals its special and unrecognized significance for Faust.
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    Neil Postman and the Critique of Technology.J. M. van der Laan - 2004 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24 (2):145-150.
    This survey of Postman’s work reflects on his penetrating analyses of contemporary technology. He focused attention on the ways technology today, especially the television and the computer, inevitably change us. The essential questions he asks us to ask are, How does technology affect us? Is it for good or ill? and Must we accept all technological advances? Postman recognized the current dominance and autonomy of technology as well as the concomitant dangers and consequently made the case and the plea for (...)
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    Editor’s Notes: Science, Technology, and Science Fiction.J. M. van der Laan - 2010 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 30 (4):233-239.
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    Faust the Technological Mastermind.J. M. van der Laan - 2001 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 21 (1):7-13.
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    How the Internet Shapes Religious Life, or the Medium Is Itself the Message.J. M. van der Laan - 2009 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 29 (4):272-277.
    The Internet has become a resource for everyone for everything. It is accordingly now also a source of sermons and much more for pastors of churches in the USA. In consequence, the Internet shapes and alters how pastors and parishioners practice their religion. Because “the medium is the message,” as Marshall McLuhan observed, Internet sermons necessarily reflect and convey something of their Internet source. So, too, the nature and content religious life changes and takes on the characteristics of its new (...)
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    Is It Live, or is It Memorex?J. M. van der Laan - 2007 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 27 (2):136-141.
    Our reception and perception, our experience of music, has been profoundly determined by our technological devices and media. Whatever music we happen to like and listen to, we can hardly experience it today apart from its production and reproduction in and through technology. The effects of technology on making and hearing music require critical analysis. Because of the pervasive role of technology, music today is almost entirely mediated and mediate, almost never unmediated and immediate, almost always “Memorex,” almost never “live.” (...)
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    Machines and Human Beings in the Movies.J. M. van der Laan - 2006 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 26 (1):31-37.
    Over the years, many movies have presented on-screen a struggle between machines and human beings. Typically, the machines have come to rule and threaten the existence of humanity. They must be conquered to ensure the survival of and to secure the freedom of the human race. Although these movies appear to expose the dangers of an autonomous and hegemonic technology and to champion the human being, they do not. Humans do not in the end triumph over technology but merge with (...)
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    Plastic Words: Words Without Meaning.J. M. van der Laan - 2001 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 21 (5):349-353.
    Taking as its point of departure the works of Jacques Ellul, Sven Birkerts, George Steiner, Uwe Poerksen, and others, this article explores the status of language in a technicized civilization. It is argued that language has devolved under the impact of technology, particularly in the dimension of values and ethics. This diagnosis points to the way from which a possible cure may emerge.
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