Resistance to technology i̶̶̶s̶̶̶ ̶f̶u̶t̶i̶l̶e̶

Every time someone warns against some technology such as Google glass someone will write a comment or article in response along the following lines:

* The technology is amazing and we will be left behind if don’t use it.
* Privacy has already been lost or society already changed.
* Google Glass (or whatever new technology) is just the same as a smartphone or some other per-existing technology
* Technology will change society in a predetermined way.  There is nothing we can do about it. We should just adjust our norms and values.

This argument is used again and again: M Sacasas calls this the Borg complex  , David Golumbia points out that it makes simultaneously claims the technology is completely different and exactly the same, while Evgeny Morozov calls it technological defeatism.

We can’t un-invent a technology but we can define the cultural and legal context of its use and we can shape it’s further development. Technology and especially information technology is a social construction – resistance is not all together futile!

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