Technology, Moral Discourse, and Political Communities

L.M. Sacasas

According to Langdon Winner, neither ancient nor modern culture have been able to bring politics and technology together. Classical culture because of its propensity to look down its nose, ontologically speaking, at the mechanical arts and manual labor. Modern culture because of its relegation of science and technology to the private sphere and its assumptions about the nature of technological progress. (For more see previous post.)

The assumptions about technological progress that Winner alludes to in his article are of the sort that I’ve grouped under the Borg Complex. Fundamentally, they are assumptions about the inevitability and unalloyed goodness of technological progress. If technological development is inevitable, for better or for worse, than there is little use deliberating about it.

Interestingly, Winner elaborates his point by reference to the work of moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. In his now classic work, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

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I’m Freshly Pressed!

Lady Goo Goo Gaga

Even though I regularly make fun of parents that overschedule their children and even though I know that what’s best for most children is to play and enjoy sports and activities, instead of using them as a veiled attempt at the NFL or college scholarships…..

I still can’t help but have a teensy weensy bit of a competitive nature.

Let’s face it. Who doesn’t want their kids to excel? Who doesn’t enjoy seeing their kids be the best ones on the field?

I miss most sports on the weekend while I am working – so I call Mr. Gaga (otherwise known as the voice of doom and failure) for updates.

“How were the kids games?” I asked the other day.
“Fine.” he answered curtly.
“Did they win?”
“One did – one didn’t.”
Well, did they at least play well?” I delved further.
“Um…no…not really.”
“Why? Did they score?”
“Did they…

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WTF Hollywood??? Enough with the ‘Star Wars’ Rumors!

Funk's House of Geekery


Obviously it’s not a prerequisite to be a Star Wars fan in order to be a geek.  But I’d hazard to guess that if you polled enough geeks, a high percentage would claim to be Star Wars fans.

Personally, I flat-out love Star Wars.  I have NINE figurines on my work desk.  Yup.  Nine.  You show me a Star Wars related object and chances are I’ll love it.  The movies, the action figures (don’t call them toys!), the novels, the graphic novels–I got nothin’ but love for the universe George Lucas created.  Except for Jar Jar Binks.  Fuck that character.  I even like (gasp!) the prequels.  Not so much The Phantom Menace but definitely Attack of the Clones and especially Revenge of the Sith.  I mean come on!  Yoda fighting with a lightsaber?  Anakin and Obi-Wan dueling it out on Mustafar?  That’s worth the price of admission right there.  But the original trilogy…

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