chapter  9
Anxiety, Consumption, and Agency
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The introduction of every major new technology, at least in the course of the twentieth century, has been accompanied by a complex mixture of wonderment and anxiety. Digital technology is no different. These anxieties have at bottom serious questions about humans and humanity. Two most salient of these questions are: to what extent does today's technology diminish human agency? On a larger level, to what extent does technology have the capacity to turn human history into its own history?