Anodyne
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
 
"The megatechnic bribe dazzles people by muddling the distinction between, to use a comparison Mumford was fond of, 'the goods life' and 'the good life.' But megatechnic blackmail threatens those who grow skeptical of this patina of  'the good life' that they can either settle for 'the goods life' or they can look forward to an invisible life on the margins. Those who can’t be bribed are blackmailed. Thus it is no longer just that the myth of the machine is based on the idea that the megamachine is 'absolutely irresistible' and 'ultimately beneficial' but that it now includes the idea that to push back is 'unforgivably detrimental.'"

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