Thursday, October 14, 2021

Technological War

 In a technological war, we do not fire our weapons at the enemy, but rather at ourselves. We make ourselves the targets of our own weapons. That is why we are furiously developing and buying gadgets and communication systems that we don't really want or even need, because we know that if we don't upgrade this or that system or gadget, our competition will and then they will win. So for example, schools are pressured into giving smartphones to kids because even though there is all the common sense in the world that tells us it's a bad idea, we do it anyway. Why? Because we are fighting a technological war in which we fire our weapons at ourselves and our own children in order to "win".

1 comment:

  1. Interesting way of putting it! I suppose this is value-inversion at an advanced stage. Of course it does not square with the relentless pressure to shrink the economy and destroy genuine expertise - but then, incoherence is now a virtue in this topsy-turvy 'bizarro world'.

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