8 Paradoxes of Technology

Here’s an incomplete list of the paradoxes created by technology:

 1. The Internet simultaneously connects people to the world and isolates them.

 2. We are doomed to be in a state of information overload and information deficit simultaneously, and there’s nothing we can do about either of them.

 3. Computer technology was supposed to give us paperless offices, but it has generated more paper than any preceding technology.

 4. Technology creates “symbiotic antagonisms.” As former AT&T CEO Robert Allen once said of Microsoft: “They can be your partner and your enemy at the same time.”

 5. Technology can control everything except technology.

 6. Innovation enables technology companies to become and stay successful, but the larger they become, the less able they are to innovate.

 7. The faster technology gets, the more impatient we get with it when it slows down or malfunctions.

 8. The more time-saving devices we have, the less time we have. The logical extension of this is that one day we won’t have to do anything, but we won’t have the time to do it.

 (And yes, there’s a book in it.)

 A quarter of the world’s population, 1.7 billion people, are already online, so technology will continue to

  • Get smaller, faster, cheaper, and easier to use
  • Be ubiquitous, unpredictable, and disruptive
  • Become more powerful
  • Have more control over our lives

 But in its ability to help writers research, write, sell, promote, and build communities, technology is both the greatest gift to writers since the printing press and an inexhaustible source of ideas.

 More paradoxes welcome.


2 Responses to 8 Paradoxes of Technology

  1. Bill Ellis says:

    I’ve completed a 62000 21 chapter book, “A Gaian Paradigm ” I’m now interested in publishing.
    The book is about the science led transition for the “dominator Paradigm” on which current cultures are based to “A Gaian Paradigm” that will lead society into a new world.

    I need assistance approaching publishers.

    Bill Ellis

    • Many thanks for writing. Sounds like a timely idea. You can use directory listings and websites to approach as many agents or small and midsize houses as you wish simultanesously with a one-page e-query letter about your book and yourself. Just let them know that you’re approaching other people. Then send your proposal to those who request it. Larsenpomada.com lists the parts of a proposal. Get knowledgeable readers to help you ensure that your letter and proposal are 100% before you send them. Other posts also have helpful info. Good luck!

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