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The Problem with the Techno-Whataboutists

Why you can’t compare the smartphone to books

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We build a lot of technology and push it out into the world. When things go well, we rush to take credit for what we did. But when things go wrong, we hide our heads in the sand. This isn’t just about ignoring negative outcomes — it’s about maintaining the status quo.