The author describes himself as a cultural conservative primarily interested in ""the survival of the historically characteristic values of our Western civilization in any new...systems of control that may emerge."" In this framework he tilts with Marx, McLuhan, Hugh Hefner and other thinkers and pseudo-thinkers who assert that new developments entail new values. Assaying trends ""coincidentally"" rather than separately, he dissents from the ""rather gloomy"" school of prognosticators; however, his forecasts are qualified by his acknowledgement that his traditional values are insufficient for the future. He finds quasi-theological solace in hanging on to them but fails to equate them convincingly with ""our"" actual ""identity"" past and present. Hence his optimism remains hollow and his cry for ""preservation"" begs a range of crucial questions. Which is not to dismiss his insights into Western thought, or his earnest concern with the dilemmas of technological change.