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Technology’s the answer but that’s not the question

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Although technology is frequently viewed as something mechanical and inhuman, it is one of the most basic human social characteristics and has played a large role in development of civilization. However, like most human activities, it is subject to misuse and abuse. Nevertheless, it is not simply a neutral human instrument; as Kranzberg’s first law states: Technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral. This is because technology interacts with the sociocultural milieu in a variety of ways which are not necessarily inherent in the technology itself and which can differ in varying contexts.

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