Category Archives: Technology

Scientific Authority in the Age of Ebola

American liberals are cultivating an interesting rhetoric that demands subservience to scientific authority. This rhetoric is most prominent regarding global warming and teaching of evolution. But it has now spread to compulsory vaccination and Ebola quarantines. I suspect liberals cultivated … Continue reading

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What are they Selling? Our Singular Facebook and Google Identities

Susan Cox wrote about how Facebook demands of us a single identity tied to our “real” name.  Facebook’s policy became public controversy when it started banning people they suspected of using fake names, including those people who might have had very … Continue reading

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Lost in the Mail: Mountain Glaciers Versus Rain in a Walmart Parking Lot

I experienced a shock at my post office this morning.  I was served by the same guy I always see there.  He told me that his thirty year-old son just sent his FIRST item by mail recently. Here’s the deal. … Continue reading

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Technology Makes the Harshness of Life Invisible

Yesterday, I asked some questions about how I (or you) might act, consume, and dispose differently if the relationships between us and those who produce and dispose of the things we use were visible to us or if we had … Continue reading

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Technology Makes Relationships Invisible

Technology makes some things invisible.  This is true at least in the context of an industrial society, whether it be capitalist, communist, or anything else. For the above to be true, I must make clear that I mean technology in … Continue reading

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Great Work is Done While We’re Asleep: Wendell Berry versus Dow Chemical

I tend not to like much modern poetry.  I realize that this may say more about me and my ignorance than about the poetry.  Nonetheless, I tend not to get too far beyond the Romantics.  Then again, I’m very much … Continue reading

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My Water, My Responsibility

I know where my water comes from.  Shouldn’t we all?  It shouldn’t appear miraculously in our houses.  That’s too must trust to people in other people and too little responsibility on our parts.  I want to take responsibility for my … Continue reading

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Technology as Tragedy

Here is something I wrote in 2010 and thought worth editing a little and reposting. But what if the difficulties attending technology are both integral to its very being and inseparable from its benefits–like the other side of a coin? … Continue reading

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Next customer please.

I have noticed over the last few years a change in how cashiers hand me my change and receipts.  It used to be that a cashier would hand you the receipt, bills, and coins separately, giving you time to place … Continue reading

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We Cannot Accept Cash; The Computer is Down

I tried to give cash to the cashier to pay for my gas.  It took me a few tries to process her words.  “The computer is down, so we can’t accept cash.  You’ll have to use a card.”  Bizarre.  Post-modern?  … Continue reading

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