By Jerry Mander
during this provocative paintings, Mander demanding situations the utopian promise of technological society and tracks its devastating impression on local cultures world wide. The Western world’s lack of a feeling of the sacred within the wildlife, he says, has led us towards international environmental catastrophe and social disorder—and worse lies forward. but types for restoring our courting with the Earth exist within the cultures of local peoples, whose values and abilities have enabled them to outlive centuries of invasion and exploitation.
Far from growing paradise in the world, know-how has as an alternative produced an unsustainable contest for assets. Mander surveys the main applied sciences shaping the “new global order”—computers, telecommunications, area exploration, genetic engineering, robotics, and the company itself—and warns that they're merging right into a international mega-technology, with dire environmental and political results.
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They assist me keep acceptable attitudes to guard opposed to the one-sided info onslaught. maybe they will be priceless to you. 1. seeing that such a lot of what we're instructed approximately new know-how comes from its proponents, be deeply skeptical of all claims. 2. imagine all expertise "guilty till confirmed blameless. " three. Eschew the concept expertise is impartial or "value loose. " each know-how has inherent and identifiable social, political, and environmental effects. four. the truth that expertise has a usual flash and allure is incomprehensible. adverse attributes are gradual to emerge. five. by no means pass judgement on a know-how incidentally it advantages you individually. search a holistic view of its affects. The operative query isn't no matter if it advantages you, yet who merits such a lot? And to what finish? 6. remember that a person know-how is just one piece of a bigger internet of applied sciences, "mega know-how. " The operative query here's how the person expertise matches the bigger one. 7. Make differences among applied sciences that basically serve the person or the small group (e. g. , solar power) and people who op- 50 within the ABSENCE OF THE SACRED erate on a scale outdoors of neighborhood regulate (e. g. , nuclear energy). The latter style is the main challenge of the day. eight. whilst it really is argued that the advantages of the technological lifeway are useful regardless of damaging results, keep in mind that Lewis Mumford said those alleged merits as "bribery. '' Cite the figures approximately crime, suicide, alienation, drug abuse, in addition to environmental and cultural degradation. nine. don't settle for the homily that "once the genie is out of the bottle you can't placed it back," or that rejecting a know-how is most unlikely. Such attitudes set off passivity and make sure victimization. 10. In wondering expertise in the current weather of technological worship, emphasize the destructive. This brings stability. Nega. . . .. t1v1ty 1s pos1t1ve. half II THE INEVITABLE course OF MEGATECHNOLOGY technology's beneficence, mixed with our passivity to its boost, has authorized convinced technological kinds to extend their scale of impression, and to interlock and merge with each other. jointly, they're forming anything new, nearly as though they have been dwelling cells; they're turning into a unmarried technical-economic internet encircling the planet, megatechnology. one of the key parts of this invisible equipment are desktops, tv, satellites, enterprises and banks, house know-how, genetics, and the alarming new ''postbiological" equipment: nanotechnology and robotics. Holistic evaluations show the function of every within the tremendous photograph, in addition to the inevitable path of the total approach. O UR ASSUMPTION OF • 4 SEVEN damaging issues approximately desktops J,J /iTHOUT megatechnological age easily may YV now not take place. desktops are easy to each new technical innovation, no matter if in communications, the army, genetics, transportation, automation, or multinational company task. due to this universality of purposes and implications, pcs were celebrated greater than any know-how considering the fact that electrical energy.