[The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology] New ✓ Langdon Winner


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Review Ò The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology 107 The most a nascent 'philosophy of technology' can expect to achieve at the present time David Dickson New York Times Book Review The Whale and the Reactor is the philosop. In a strangely positive review the historian Ruth Schwartz Cowan wrote The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher s euivalent of superb public history I suppose that if we thought of the book s genre as public philosophy it would be an interesting read for someone entirely unaccustomed to thinking systematically about technology and wanted to this is a clearly written resource rich with illustrative examples Unfortunately this isn t a pop version of some other subtantive text this is mean to be the text Therefore it deserves scrutiny and unfortunately does not hold upThe summary is this People don t think about technology properly since they ignore how it has social dimensions Winner has 10 unconnected chapters probing thisThe closer Winner sticks to the work of other people the better his work There is one good chapter 4 Building the better Mousetrap which concerns the historical trend of appropriate technology since empirical details form the spine of the essay As for the others the original contribution is negligible but interesting examples make some of them worthwhile for example the drawing on the story of Robert Moses racist bridges from Robert A Caro s biography of Moses makes 2 Do Artifacts have Politics an interesting read And the summary of views like those of ecofeminists makes 7 The State of Nature Revisited bearableWinner admittedly makes some interesting observations but these are apt for the first paragraph of a sustained analysis instead of being stretched into essay length chapters A whole chapter on how different aspects of centralization namely number location power diversity and vitality of centers 88 makes political calls for decentralization tricky is just wasteful Vacuity isn t the biggest problem though Winner feels free to make all kinds of big claims without backing them up for example we re told The social history of modern technology shows a tendency perhaps better termed a strategy to reduce the number of centers at which action is initiated and control is exercised 93 This isn t impossible but how does one even identify and uantify such a thing as a centre of action This is standard operating procedure in the book to deliver statements without backing it up and hoping its vague plausibility lets it slip under the radarThe reason Winner s approach is doomed from the beginning is because of his epistemology one that s personal instead of social Right at the beginning in a story that s not hard to believe isn t parody he writesEngineers have shown little interest in filling this void Except for airy pronouncements in yearly presidential addresses at various engineering societies typically ones that celebrate the contributions of a particular technical vocation to the betterment of humankind engineers appear unaware of any philosophical uestions their work might entail As a way of starting a conversation with my friends in engineering I sometimes ask What are the founding principles of your discipline The uestion is always greeted with puzzlement Even when I explain what I am after namely a coherent account of the nature and significance of the branch of engineering in which they are involved the uestion still means nothing to them The scant few who raise important first uestions about their technical professions are usually seen by their colleagues as dangerous cranks and radicals If Socrates suggestion that the unexamined life is not worth living still holds it is news to most engineers 4 5Winner goes in with a particular view of what the relevant knowledge consists in general first principles that can summarize a whole field and be accessible to outsiders like himself A lot of work gets done though his constant talk of our society as if it were a single monolothic thing graspable by anyoneIn our society s enthusiasm to rationalize standardize and modernize it has often thoughtlessly discarded ualities that it might on careful reflection have wanted to preserve 174What gets lost here is the basic sociological fact of the social character of society including the division of labour specifically intellectual labour This differentiated system doesn t have to be affirmed but it has to be taken into account Winner steadfastly refuses however So while he notices thatA widely held notion in the twentieth century is that political life is little than getting other people to do things for you One delegates power and authority to representatives to bureaucrats to the President or other such distant persons to get the business of government out of your way These are not matters for which ordinary citizens want to be responsible People watch public events on television sense that these matters are beyond their reach and then complain that the government is getting too large and powerful 95He simply explains this as the mindless working of a society that is unreflective instead of the outcome of work being partitioned leaving most people at any time non experts in terms of knowledge and judgement on most issues Given this Winner needs to ask what makes him euiped to develop a general philosophy of technology He s not even a historian which means that he s twice removed from any actual case study He spends no time reflecting on the epistemology of the situation eg what do you do when the politics of an artifact is contested After all even his example of the Moses bridges is now contentiousEven ignoring this and assuming he can access the present and historical state of technolgy unproblematically he still doesn t help his case with his essay on how the internet is and isn t going to change things 6 Mythinformation one that reads pretty vacuous 30 years later While he notices rightly that there is a lot of hype about how the internet would bring about greater democracy he misses how there is a lot of democratizing and that the people who benefit aren t simply those with power at his time Bezos after all is the richest person today Or even worseThe vitality of democratic politics depends upon people s willingness to act together in pursuit of their common ends It reuires that on occasion members of a community appear before each other in person speak their minds deliberate on paths of action and decide what they will do This is considerably different from the model now upheld as a breakthrough for democracy logging onto one s computer receiving the latest information and sending back an instantaneous digitized response 111The internet is a vibrant political space today so this seems wildly incurious And againOne conseuence of these developments is to pare away the kinds of face to face contact that once provided important buffers between individuals and organized power To an increasing extent people will become even susceptible to the influence of employers news media advertisers and national political leaders Where will we find new institutions to balance and mediate such power 116Such a lack of imaginationSo when he writes that How far a society must go in making political authority and public roles available to ordinary people is a matter of dispute among political theorists But no serious student of the uestion would give much credence to the idea that creating a universal gridwork to spread electronic information is by itself a democratizing step 110he just makes his own field sound myopic and incompetentSuch failures don t only indicate a personal failing if we re so bad at predicting anything what kind of serious conversation can be had about technology This point gets somewhat obscured because he provides just about no serious sustained philosophical analysis of technology himself He resigns himself to lamenting the way moral language has become blunted and subjective and drawing attention to a loss of attention paid to shared reasons for action 158 9 My suspicion is that if he actually tried to analyze something he would realize right away that given the splintered nature of the modern political topography and lack of shared foundations simply tweaking some concepts wouldn t change much So while we don t have to think that language is unimportant his own focus on a couple of concepts and how they spell the doom of discourse is both paranoid and misses the pointAnother important conseuence of this way of talking and thinking is to exclude much of what was for merly contained in traditional moral and political language That language includes a rich multiplicity of categories distinctions arguments modes of justification and areas of sensitivity that are simply over looked in many contemporary conversations The category of values acts like a lawn mower that cuts flat whole fields of meaning and leaves them characterless Where previously we might have talked about what was good worthy virtuous or desirable we are now reduced to speculating about values Where formerly it made sense to speak of rights and attempt to justify claims to those rights one is inclined to moan plaintively about values Where not too long ago one could make a case for the wisdom of a particular action one must now show how it matches someone s values Increasingly rare is the ability to make what were once fairly obvious distinctions and arguments If there are any distinctions between an opinion and a principle bias and belief desire and need one s individual interest and what one wishes for the community at large people are less and less able to make themPerhaps the most important conseuence of this state of affairs is a loss of attention paid to shared reasons for action When values are looked upon as subjective it makes little sense to raise uestions of why or to ask for reasons For the answer will inevitably be something like Because those are my values and that s why I m doing what I m doing When basic moral and political ideas are bypassed with such alacrity any hope for finding a rational basis for common action vanishes Skill in making or understanding a complex moral argument becomes yet another of the lost arts Max Horkheimer once described the decline of an objective sense of truth in the modern age as the Eclipse of Reason But what we encounter today is accurately called an eclipse of reasons 158 9People certainly contested visions earlier when objective concepts were used And they still argue fiercely when subjective seeming notions are employed To obsess about this instead of studying the hugely differing communities in detail remind us of why philosophers are mocked with the image of the armchairTo end it s insightful than he intended to consider the single original analysis he does provide in his last chapter 10 The Whale and the Reactor an analysis of a nuclear reactor he loathes built in his hometownBut beyond the sophisticated studies of scientists and policy analysts concerned with these issues lies another consideration which if we ever become incapable of recognizing it will indicate that our society has lost its bearings that it is prepared to feed everything into the shredder To put the matter bluntly in that place on that beach against those rocks mountains sands and seas the power plant at Diablo Canyon is simply a hideous mistake It is out of place out of proportion out of reason It stands as a permanent insult to its natural and cultural surroundings The thing should never have been put there regardless of what the most elegant costbenefit riskbenefit calculations may have shown Its presence is a tribute to those who cherish power and profit over everything in nature and our common humanity To write any such conclusion in our time is I realize virtual heresy 176At this point its clear that this is ultimately less the beginning of a new discipline based on new tools for deeper insightPerhaps we do need a philoosphy of technology assuming technology is analytically useful but Winner is of no help in this regard The Whistle Echoes is the philosop. 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Review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ï Langdon WinnerThe Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology

Review Ò The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology 107 The uestions he poses about the relationship between technical change and political power are pressing ones that can no longer be ignored and identifying them is perhaps. I was looking for a book that would take a deep dive into ideas of appropriate technology and how we should define the goals of technological innovation Winner does frame the thesis of the book as such and every chapter begins with a tease that the topic might actually be explored in some academic fashion What you get however is a long winded rant from a very narrow perspective of a white privileged older male american His main argument is that everyone just knows that life was better when he was a kid because milk came in glass bottles women stayed home and men built their own houses with craftsmanship ED He laments a lot of technology as simply progress for progress sake but he doesn t give any way to evaluate what is good technology and what is bad The polio vaccine was good it seems because it saved the lives of white American kids like the author And nuclear power is bad obviously because he saw a whale at Diablo Canyon and he just knew All other technological development is only being pursued by greedy corporations He doesn t even mention new vaccines poverty alleviation or the liberation of women through domestic technology

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Review Ò The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology 107 Her's euivalent of superb public history In its pages an analytically trained mind confronts some of the most pressing political issues of our day Ruth Schwartz Cowan Isi. Although Winner s argument loses track from time to time and he is a bit of a romantic for a particular time his analysis is sound and necessary as we continue toward an increasingly technocratic state He predicted the inaccuracy of several predictions eg information voter engagement clearly didn t happen The book starts by identifying the politics and values although he d hate that word embedded within technologies Then he explores how technology s get developed the overarching goals of technological innovation and how the public is sold on those innovations Finally he explores the thesis of the book by searching for limits The first limit considered is ecological then human danger and finally he concedes that we must simply be honest about the downfalls of technology


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    Review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ï Langdon Winner Langdon Winner Ï 7 Read Characters The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology An inescapable classic of science and society A couple of the essays Do Artifacts Have Politics? and Techne and Politeia are near masterpieces The rest of the anthology will appeal to the technophobic and limits on growth advocates the arguments are stock somewhat weak and extruded old hippie academic product than truly first rate analysis

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    Review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ï Langdon Winner [The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology] New ✓ Langdon Winner I was looking for a book that would take a deep dive into ideas of appropriate technology and how we should define the goals of technological innovation Winner does frame the thesis of the book as such and every chapter be

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    Langdon Winner Ï 7 Read [The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology] New ✓ Langdon Winner In The Whale and the Reactor 1986 Langdon Winner argues that technologies have politics and should not be viewed as separate from us they become part of our very humanity 12 He does not want to reduce technology to social forces but wishes to understand the characteristics of technical objects and the meanings of those characteristics He defines politics as arrangements of power and authority in human associations as well as the activities

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    [The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology] New ✓ Langdon Winner In a strangely positive review the historian Ruth Schwartz Cowan wrote The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher's euivalent of superb public history I suppose that if we thought of the book's genre as public philosophy it would be an interesting read for someone entirely unaccustomed to thinking systematically about technology and wanted

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    Characters The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology Review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ï Langdon Winner Langdon Winner Ï 7 Read Winner does an excellent job of mounting some well placed and subtle criticisms of technological devices and the way in which we evaluate and discuss those technologies In particular Winner offers very thoughtful discussions of the technological imperatives embedded in technologies the concept of nature and the meaning of decentralization Ultimately though I felt a bit disappointed that Winner did not offer a substantiv

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    [The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology] New ✓ Langdon Winner Characters The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology Although Winner’s argument loses track from time to time and he is a bit of a romantic for a particular time his analysis is sound and necessary as we continue toward an increasingly technocratic state He predic

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    [The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology] New ✓ Langdon Winner Characters The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology Contains some excellent essays “Do artifacts have Politics?” is a classic but some others are also very interesting eg “Decentralization Clarified” and “Brandy Cigars and Human Values” The style is accessible One might criticize that the author is critical of technology in general However he does not advocate to return to some “natural state” or whatever but suggests that care is needed and that technologies are no

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    Langdon Winner Ï 7 Read Review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ï Langdon Winner [The Whale and the Reactor A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology] New ✓ Langdon Winner essays to read are Do Artifacts Have Politics? and Techne and Politeia See

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