martes, 28 de agosto de 2018

"To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism " - Evgeny Morozov

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological SolutionismTo Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since the beginning of the century, many things have happened to humanship as a collective of living beings. Geopolitical balance has changed, a deep economic crisis, revolutions and wars, ... and among them, it has also happened the rise of ubiquous connectivity thanks to the Internet. Furthermore, the internet has entered in every moment of our lifes thanks yo another recent invention, the smartphones. Through the internet, we keep in continuous contact with the news of the world, we maintain alive our social life, we registered our leisure activities, we increase our working productivity, .... But have we stopped for a moment to think about the social consequences of the Internet?

E. Morozov invite us to think about the social implications of the unleashed use of Internet and technology in "To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism ". Perhaps, the more important part of the debate is not about the Internet but about our deification of technology. Not every task need to be executed perfectly and, therefore, technology not should be allowed to entered in every aspect of our personal and working life. Many times as I was reading the book I thought in the many things we lost when we have substituted a phone call by a whatsapp message almost for everything.

But apart from the impact in our personal and working life, Morozov reflects on the impact on society and democracy. The author is specially critical with the understanding of technology by politicians. On one hand, the usage of self.cuantification of life as a tool to avoid taking painful and structural decissions in policy making, he particularly mentioned the fight against obessity. On the other hand, he negatively underlines the selling of political ideas as any other digital product, which could help to rise turn out on the short term but endangered the need of reflection and study in policy-making before choosing among options for tackling challenges.

Of course, you will find also in the book a critical narrative about platforms, but this narrative is now the on the rise. Probably, on that issue you will not discovered anything, but it will serve you to value properly the author as a foreruner of what it is now a general opinion. And therefore, you will provide more value to the rest of the author´s warnings included in the book.

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