Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Not all critiques are created equal

Reading Christine Rosen's Our Cellphones, Ourselves and her comments in Saved, and Enslaved, by the Cell, I am reminded that some critiques of technology are more conservative and nostalgic than others.

I mean, what exactly are the implications of saying that mobile phones are eroding our sense of community and etiquette? What does it imply when we say that mobile phones undermine self-reliance? All of these things are historically White, middle and upper-middle class Protestant values that have served to advantage some and not others. For every person who has succeeded because of her hard work, there is someone who failed because of his laziness. For each topic absent from polite conversation, there is a history erased. For every cherished community member, there is a condemned outsider.

I support different politics.



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