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Reading Report, 12/8/2011

posted Dec 8, 2011, 8:08 PM by Greg Smith   [ updated Dec 15, 2011, 5:29 PM ]
Why Are Technophiles So Hysterical? / T. David Gordon

This article is from a theme issue of a denominational magazine, Ordained Servant Online, that acknowledges the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's birth.

Abstract: Contemporary culture is dominated by technophiles--people who see "technological innovation as good, without having specific grounds for doing so." The hysteric pressure to adopt the latest technologies is actually a manifestation of human pride. Specifically, we use the guise of technological progress as a means of establishing our presumed superiority to previous generations, when in reality our moral and social fiber are more decadent than our predecessors'. We must learn to be "techno-wise," that is, critically evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of each technology that vies for us to adopt it.