Against the “anti-technology” strawman


Have no doubts
about the one
who tells you
he is afraid

But be afraid
of the one
who tells you
he has no doubts

– Erich Fried


Somewhere between the first page and the tenth page of most books that advance some form of critique of technology you will likely come across “the disclaimer.”

This carefully worded warning generally consists of a few sentences in which the author declares in no uncertain terms that, even though they have some criticisms of certain technological trends, they are in no way shape or form “anti-technology.” Indeed, the author will often go to great lengths to sing the praises of how much they actually love technology, and may even trot out their list of technical bona fides to prove that they could not possibly be opposed to technology. Yes, they continue, they think that things could be improved, but no one…

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