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Dec 30 2013 8:00am

These New-Fangled Books Will Doom Us All!

Bad For You techno panic timeline Kevin C. Pyle Scott CunninghamBehold the techno-panic timeline!

In Bad For You, coming on January 7th from Henry Holt, authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.

In this handy graphic, they point out the repeated panics we’ve had over new technology, from the printing press to books to telephones and everything in between and around. It turns out we’re really super into blaming new things for existing problems!

If only we could invent some kind of device that would impart information from previous years and eras, as a way to...read history...in hopes of not, um, not...

No, wait, it’ll come to us....

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Bad For You techno panic timeline Kevin C. Pyle Scott Cunningham

 

This post originally appeared on Tor.com on October 16, 2013

3 comments
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
2. Lisamarie
I have to admit, I once was a bit worried about the Kindle, but then I got over it. Even things like our reliance/use of the internet - I think have opened up a lot for us, despite some of the fears regarding the changes in our lives they have brought.
Bad Wolf
3. Bad Wolf
One major fallacy in your logic -- there was no scientific data when many of these inventions came out, say the first printed books, to judge their effect on their society. So the fear of what they might have done was based solely on a gut feeling, nothing more.

I'm not saying they were right but it's plain wrong to say that they ignored scientific data!
Bad Wolf
4. Greetchen
We have not been on an escalator to ever more progress and fun. There are downsides to these developments. What has been lost is gone and we cannot see what would have been either. C'mon. Like nearly everything, tech isn't all good.

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