The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological TechnologyBook - 2015
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First, a pathological technology typically (but not always) embraces something huge, either in its effects (such as a nuclear explosion) or in its absolute size (such as the zeppelin).
More than anything else, what makes a given technology pathological is that it exists within, is a product of, and induces a virtually paralyzing state of emotional fixation, a condition bordering on hypnotic enthrallment on the part of its proponents.
The potent force of emotion also explains the third defining characteristic of a pathological technology: its proponents regularly and systematically underplay its downsides, risks, unintended negative consequences, and even blatantly obvious dangers.
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