Looking Backward

TitleLooking Backward
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsMulkay, M
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Date PublishedOctober 1, 1989
Publication Languageeng
AbstractPublications in Science, Technology, & Human Values need to have an author. For this reason, I have put my name at the head of this text. I have also provided the title.1 But I must emphasize that the words below are not mine. I have done nothing more, in this case, than transcribe an audio-tape recording2 that has recently come into my possession and submit it to the journal's editor. This latter step seemed to me to be appropriate in view of the tape's unique character. If you choose to read on, it will soon become clear why I came to believe that wider distribution was essential. It is no exaggeration, I believe, to suggest that the publication of this transcript may mark a turning-point in human history. As a result, there are likely to be many enquiries about its authenticity. Let me, therefore, state that I have been given conclusive proof that the tape is genuine. I cannot reveal more in this public forum. However, toward the end of the tape, the speaker throws some light on these matters. The tape seems to have been recorded at some kind of academic confer ence. On the original version, there is background noise and evidence of a live audience. This transcription presents only the words of the main speaker. The speaker is female.