Mathur’s classifications can serve as the basis of further investigation into the relationship between mass communication, technologies, and ecology and stimulate the intellectual development of the field of eco-communication. Readers will do well by keeping some technologies of interest in mind as they follow the chronicles. On the whole, Technological Forms constitutes a substantial resource for communication scholars, philosophers of technology, those engaged in environmental studies and development studies as well as historians and philosophers of science.
"This book is not just a critique of contemporary communication. Mathur’s critique aims at laying the groundwork for an alternative theory of communication, one that insists experts and journalists alike move beyond technological fetishisation and toward a communicative approach that considers the potential ecological effects that accompany some, if not all, forms of technological “advancement”."
Mathur’s two-sided approach – terminological criticism and building of heuristics – leaves the reader feeling less blind to the operations of industrial capitalism than before. Technological Formsis a book about reading, writing, and thinking. . . . Technological Forms. . . offer[s] robust analysis of intellectual domination.