Words by c.z.robertson

Defenses against technology

2000-10-09 02:00:00 UTC

I don't know when Six Defenses Against the Seductions of Technology was written, but it seems rather archaic now. I can't agree with the assertion that computers have "reduced individuals to numerical objects in an increasingly impersonal society." Or at least, I can't agree that that's the only or even the greatest effect.

For this reason, I think it's wrong to imagine a struggle between humans and technology. Rather, I see it as an issue of the uses that technology is put to, and of who owns the technology. Neil Postman and Frank Beacham do imply that this is the case, but without stating it explicitly some of the article doesn't really make sense.