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Changing Universities:  “The One-Dimensional University: The Destructive Marriage of Technology and Administration”

By Bob Samuels

“Close to fifty years ago, Herbert Marcuse wrote One-Dimensional Man [full text], a radical criticism of contemporary society that has much to say about the current world around us. Marcuse’s central claim was that technological automation extends science’s domination over nature to a social domination over individuals. This domination occurs through a “total administration,” where managers oversee the rationalization of the social status quo through the elimination of all criticism and the provision of desired social goods. Perhaps, what we are seeing at the University of California is only the logical extension of Marcuse’s insightful analysis…



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