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Two quotes with links back to their sources:

Be tech skeptics. Technology creates as many problems as it solves, one of the biggest being that it makes us easier to control and manipulate. Technology is invasive and increasingly omnipotent, and who has access to the most sensitive data? The government. The police. The banks. And -- say it ain't so -- the marketers. There's no getting around the fact that computers, cell phones and a hundred other things are the inescapable tools of life in the fast lane. If you choose to live in the fast lane, be careful out there.

-Tony Long, You Say You Want a Revolution?

link: http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,71096-0.html?tw=rss.index

The system does not and cannot exist to satisfy human needs. Instead, it is human behavior that has to be modified to fit the needs of the system. This has nothing to do with the political or social ideology that may pretend to guide the technological system. It is the fault of technology, because the system is guided not by ideology but by technical necessity. Of course the system does satisfy many human needs, but generally speaking it does this only to the extent that it is to the advantage of the system to do it. It is the needs of the system that are paramount, not those of the human being. For example, the system provides people with food because the system couldn't function if everyone starved; it attends to people's psychological needs whenever it can CONVENIENTLY do so, because it couldn't function if too many people became depressed or rebellious. But the system, for good, solid, practical reasons, must exert constant pressure on people to mold their behavior to the needs of the system.

-Theodore Kaczynski, Industrial Society and Its Future: a.k.a. The Unabomber Manifesto

link: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Industrial_Society_and_Its_Future


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 8th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Certainly, as per the first quote, technology makes it easier for the system "to control and manipulate" us.

Of course, I'd also say it makes it easier for us to control and manipulate the system. All in all we're talking about the nascent effects of increasing connectivity.
Jun. 9th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
Definitly, if I ever need to bury something I'm going to find a killer who's already written about it and make them famous.
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