Critical Theory: Ideology Critique and the Myths of E-Learning

It is commonly asserted that “knowledge,” “information,” or more abstractly, “the networked” or “the postindustrial” are eponymous for our society, age, or economy. These broad and often unquestioned assertions have significant social and political implications. They bring with them urgent implications for all levels and forms of education—from the preparation of children as “knowledge builders,” through the reconfiguration of higher educational institutions, to support for different forms “lifelong learning.” This paper, appearing in Ubiquity in May critiques some of these ideologies or myths. It owes much to Frankfurt School member Jürgen Habermas (right), who is better known for his social theory than his hotdogs :-).

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