Big Tech’s influence on culture and society was first predicted nearly 70 years ago by French thinker Jacques Ellul. In his 1954 book “The Technological Society,” Ellul argued that tech would have a tyrannical effect on humankind, and he blamed the problem on “technique” — the methods that bring about “absolute efficiency in every field of human activity.” Read More ›
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and Facebook itself share a vocabulary that reflects current sensibilities. They both talk about making Facebook “safe” — as proofs of the social media giants’ role in making America uglier pop up daily. Read More ›
“That’s insane!” These days, how often do we say those words? The litany could go on and on.
Dr. Seuss is suddenly persona non grata, six of his books removed from publication because they are “racist” and “hateful.” That’s insane!
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Book burning has always been a crucial ingredient of totalitarianism. In the 1930s the German Student Union infamously made bonfires from books considered antithetical to National Socialism. Similarly, the zealots who executed Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution destroyed books opposed to the diktats of Chinese Communism. Read More ›
In 2003, author and filmmaker Michael Crichton made a now-famous speech at Caltech, titled "Aliens Cause Global Warming." The title was humorous but the content was serious. He was not addressing some strange theory of global warming; he was warning about the politicization of science. Read More ›