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Shrinking the Technosphere : Getting a Grip on the
Technologies That Limit Our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom
by Dmitry Orlov
English | 2017 | ISBN: 0865718385 | 264 Pages | True PDF | 1.62 MB
The harmful side of even relatively benign technology is plain to see, but is hardly ever discussed. This book is critical of many aspects of technology, but it intends to evaluate each aspect of technology based on a harm/benefit tradeoff, showing that the best technologies are naturelike and are not harmful at all.
Over the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new, technologically advanced, more efficient methods.
What exactly is progressive or efficient about this new arrangement is hardly ever examined in depth: if the new ways of doing things are so much better, then we must all be leading relaxed, stress-free, enjoyable lives with plenty of free time to devote to art and leisure activities. But a more careful look at these changes shows us that many of these advances are not weighing favourably in a harm/benefit comparison. The harm to the environment, society, and even to our own personalities, on an individual level, is plain to see, but is brushed off with hollow claims about efficiency and progress.
Shrinking the Technosphere guides readers through the process of bringing technology down to a manageable number of carefully chosen, essential, well-understood and controllable elements. It is about regaining the freedom to use technology for our own benefit, and is critical reading for all who seek to get back to a point where technologies assist us rather than control us.
"The religion of technological progress cedes control of our lives to machines and money. Dmitry Orlov tells us how to return human values, pleasures, and freedoms to the driver's seat. Shrinking the Technosphere is part self-help book, part philosophical tour de force. It is both entertaining and shockingly eye-opening; it is a book that liberates the mind." - Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
"Dmitry Orlov has written a clear and compelling exploration of what is wrong with the technosphere, and what we can do about it. This book needs to be read and understood by policy-makers as well as the rest of us. It is a valuable contribution to the resistance to the sacrifice of the living planet on the altar of the machine." - Derrick Jensen, author of Endgameand The Myth of Human Supremacy.
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