Oppression by technology?

Laptops and the Internet provide unparalleled opportunities for mobility. A beautifully designed cloud computing arrangement can be the Escapologist’s friend.

There is the concern, however, that most people don’t use technology in a way that ensures the greatest benefit. Gadgetophilia and over-dependency come at a high cost and the world could so easily become a bleeping, malfunctioning, information-heavy technomess.

There’s a page in this week’s New Scientist written by Yair Amichai-Hamburger that offers a rather brilliant articulation of the problem and some simple solutions. Allow me to point you at it.


Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at www.wringham.co.uk/about.

5 Responses to “Oppression by technology?”

  1. Good read. It’s true that we lost the classical work/home separation through technology – and as far as I can tell, it won’t come back. Thus, deliberately visting Outloggistan each and every day, and sometimes probably even for various days in a row, seems to be the only solution.

  2. Rob says:

    Yeah, I don’t think the work/home blurring is such a bad thing for us freelance types. It is clearly a very bad development for employed staff though, to be ‘on call’ 24/7.

  3. True. Another reason against that office work thing everybody’s talking about…

  4. Michele says:

    Any way to read this entire article?
    I tried registering, but it still only lets me see the first couple paragraphs…

  5. Ah, it’s an old post. Looks like New Scientist make you pay for archived content. Thankfully, the pirates of the Internet are onto it. Try here.

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