It’s an innocent fraud to regard the internet as an engine of liberation (via aeon)

Digital Ethics , Technology

“The world wide cage” is Nicholas Carr’s original title to his essay published on aeon last week. Quote:

facebook activity“The greatest of the United States’ homegrown religions – greater than Jehovah’s Witnesses, greater than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, greater even than Scientology – is the religion of technology. John Adolphus Etzler, a Pittsburgher, sounded the trumpet in his testament The Paradise Within the Reach of All Men (1833). By fulfilling its ‘mechanical purposes’, he wrote, the US would turn itself into a new Eden, a ‘state of superabundance’ where ‘there will be a continual feast, parties of pleasures, novelties, delights and instructive occupations’, not to mention ‘vegetables of infinite variety and appearance’.”

Click here to read the complete essay on aeon

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Gerd Leonhard’s latest book “Technology’s. Humanity” available eff. 8 September

Gabriele Ruttloff


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