The Digital Revolution and the Coming of the Postmodern University


reviewed by Andrew Thomas Ś 2004

coverTitle: The Digital Revolution and the Coming of the Postmodern University
Author(s): Carl A. Raschke
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415369843, Pages: 129, Year: 2002
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Over at least the last decade, debate over how information and communication technologies affect the academy has raged between those who argue the coming changes represent extension of current practices and those who believe the future portends a radical change in how higher education will function. Carl Raschke, in his new book, The Digital Revolution and the Coming of the Postmodern University, decidedly sides with the revolutionaries. Like Pierre LÚvy (2001), Raschke believes the information age is tantamount to a second flood, and he zealously extols the benefits of the deluge, which, he argues, will inevitably transform the university. Raschkeĺs main argument, advanced at the start of the book, is grounded in postmodern theory and argued from a religious-historical perspective. For Raschke the networked society redefines the meaning of knowledge. A number of distinguished scholars would agree with him here. Manuel Castells (2001) and LÚvy, for example, both writing from a sociological perspective, emphasize the speed at which the use value of knowledge changes. LÚvy points out that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 277-280
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11184, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 9:23:31 AM

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