From the master of sex, drugs, jazz, and anarchy Mr. Jacques Ellul himself. I would highly recommend this book - and the author isn't exactly a Luddite or anything.
- Ellul thoroughly shows that much of the difference in ideology between libertarians and socialists becomes largely irrelevant in the technological society (this is not to say that ideology is unimportant, but rather that technique proceeds with the same goals and effects.) This will doubtlessly please no one; liberals want to believe that they can have privacy and freedom despite a high degree of central planning, and libertarians want to believe that a society free of most regulation and control is possible in an advanced technological society. Libertarian fantasies seem especially irrelevant given the exigencies of a technological society; as Ellul notes, as technique progresses it simply cannot function without a high degree of complexity and regulation. "The modern state could no more be a state without techniques than a businessman could be a businessman without the telephone or the automobile... not only does it need techniques, but techniques need it."
anyway I don't think the waitperson at Denny's appreciated me crying into the coffee can tonight. But this book seriously messed up my pea brain as an undergrad. Say no to drugs, say yes to Johnny.
And remember, this technology was created for the purpose of love.