To begin with, a thought from Anand Giridharadas: “We’re responding to technology with less scepticism than to everything else – and it’s worrying.”
Think about it.
Since you’re reading this, you must be facing a screen right now. Maybe a laptop screen, maybe a phone. (Of course there’s the off-chance you’re looking at a printout, but that’d be second-hand!) You’re also probably connected to the Internet, and reading this on a tab in your browser, which (if you’re like most) is one of a number of other tabs (and apps) you have open to God knows what else: a couple other blogs, say? An active Facebook and/or Twitter feed? Maybe even a document or two…
You get the picture.
The point is, many of the technologies and media that define how we communicate and work and live are relatively new – less than ten, even five, years old. But we’ve adapted so well, we might as well have been using them all our lives.
That’s a good thing, right? Maybe not.
Because while we’re sceptical (and wisely so) about the promises of politicians and marketers and religious leaders, don’t you sometimes feel we swallow those of technology rather too easily?
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