(fanatic focus on technology) versus technophobia (panic-driven fear of technology).
Technophilia, the most persistent of modernist themes, made another comeback.
Unlike the unfaithful Venus in the myth, however, the feminine side of the contrast is presented as morally admirable, whereas Gabriel's pathology--his technomania
and consequent inability to love--is clearly designed to draw the reader's ridicule.
(9) In Newsweek's special issue "TechnoMania
: The Future Isn't What You Think" (27 February 1995), Paul Saffo, a director at the Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, California, exclaims: "The problem is that so far only half the information revolution has been delivered to us: the access and the volume.
(166.) See Stephen Levy, Technomania
, NEWSWEEK, Feb.
A more recent publication - Carol Stabile's Feminism and the Technological Fix - which, like Judy Wajcman's Feminism Confronts Technology, critically reappraises the implications of technology for feminism from a Marxist viewpoint, focuses on two disparate responses in feminist thought, technophobia and technomania, which derive respectively from ecofeminist and postmodernist influences.
Her exploration of the division in the ways feminists have reacted to an increasingly technologised world, and her opposition to both technophobia and technomania, allow her to formulate a more cogent analysis of feminism and the military, "Semper Fidelis: Daughters in their Fathers' Military" (99-133) (mostly in relation to the Persian Gulf War and its media representation) than has been forthcoming when feminists have taken sides for and against technology.
He says repeatedly, for one random example, that "technology is a branch of moral philosophy," not of science, and therefore it should be subject to criteria like "prudence, modesty, safety, amenity, flexibility, cheapness, easy comprehension, reparability and so forth." If only the mad cyberphiles around today would heed that simple concept, I'd feel a lot better about what Newsweek recently called, without knowing how profoundly, our current "technomania
Info Age" sage ("TechnoMania: The Future Isn't What You Think" 1995, 43).
"TechnoMania: The Future Isn't What You Think" (1995), Newsweek (February 27): 43.
There is something familiar about technological determinism, about technomanias
and technophobias, to someone like myself, who felt a connection to Marxism in the 1960s and after.