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Is Technology stopping or abetting political apathy? Can we beat political apathy with technology?

Beating Politics with Technology
Peter Sunde thinks Bitcoin is "interesting" and has a fascinating story behind it, but one that he feels is symbolic of a depressing widespread lack of trust in politics.

'"You can't beat politics with new technology all the time. Sometimes you have to actually make sure that politics are in line with what people want. A lot of people are giving up on politics and thinking they can solve issues with technology. These kind of arrogant behaviours towards the rest of the society are a bit disgusting," Sunde told Wired.co.uk in a Skype interview...'
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-11/18/peter-sunde-hemlis-political-apathy

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  • Jane S

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    Dec 9 2013: Technology is a tool like movable type.
    The problem is that this tool seems to make it easier for people to simply confirm their preconceived biases rather than be exposed to alternatives or, and I know this is a stretch, seek to understand other bases for alternate points of view.
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      Dec 9 2013: You have raised another major issue Jane: Does Tech make us lazy?
      It's sad but tech does that to the majority of netizens. And again,
      good and bad attitudes are involved.
      • Dec 16 2013: Plato would have responded that "tech" does make us lazy:

        "The story goes that Thamus said many things to Theuth in praise or blame of the various arts, which it would take too long to repeat; but when they came to the letters, “This invention, O king,” said Theuth, “will make the Egyptians wiser and will improve their memories; for it is an elixir of memory and wisdom that I have discovered.” But Thamus replied, “Most ingenious Theuth, one man has the ability to beget arts, but the ability to judge of their usefulness or harmfulness to their users belongs to another; and now you, who are the father of letters, have been led by your affection to ascribe to them a power the opposite of that which they really possess. For this invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom, for they will read many things without instruction and will therefore seem to know many things, when they are for the most part ignorant and hard to get along with, since they are not wise, but only appear wise."
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          Dec 16 2013: The best example or illustration so far Bryan!
          If the mere ordinary handwritten letter makes us lazy,
          how much more will tech!?

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