“In his book, The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul makes the great insight that technological societies tend to produce people who are fascinated with means and forget the ends. We are more interested in the capacities of technologies we have to do certain things. Rather than saying, ‘Here are the ends we want to pursue, now what tools do we need to achieve those ends?’ Rather, we get the tools—the technologies—and we ask, ‘What can we do with these?’”
Good warning from a nice conversation between Ken Myers and Bruce Little.
PS: If you are thinking of buying Ellul’s book–I wouldn’t. Ellul is never easy but this one is an especially hard read. And it’s now published in small print mass paperback. It’s like reading a book printed on grocery bag with 6 point bled-out font. You can have my copy.
PPS: Here’s a moving picture version of the conversation between Myers and Little: