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“Perhaps I may clarify the historical background of the present situation if I say that the first industrial revolution, the revolution of the “dark satanic mills,” was the devaluation of the human arm by the competition of machinery … The modern industrial revolution [i.e., the computer revolution] is similarly bound to devalue the human brain […]

Raymond R. Patterson.

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Computer Blues – Raymond R. Patterson.  Elemental Blues.  1984. I put my troubles in the computer To find out what’s troubling me. I say I put my troubles in the computer To see what’s the matter with me. My card had so many holes, Holes was all that I could see. But that ole computer […]

Judith Gleason on “The wild old Nigerian!”

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Prefacing the Fawcett paperback, 1970. The title for Chinua Achebe’s first novel, Things Fall Apart, is taken from William Butrler Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming,” and the title for his second novel, No Longer At Ease, from T.S. Eliot’s “The Journey of the Magi.”  As Judith Gleason points out in This Africa, the choice of […]