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Discussion on: Technology is never neutral

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Ryan Faulhaber

I fundamentally agree with you, and I think it's extremely important to be mindful of this, but I'd even take it further and say that the purpose of all modern technology is generally the same as the purpose of the self-mule: edging out profit. Although you're right to point out that the purpose of televisions can be used to sell things, I'd argue that that's the explicit purpose of televisions in the first place, to sell and be sold themselves. All I mean to say is that I think we mustn't forget that the development of technology is subordinate to the social forms under which said technology is created.