What the Narrative on Tech ‘Backlash’ Gets Wrong

Gordon Moakes
Predict
Published in
6 min readOct 10, 2019

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Use of technology, and our attitudes to it, are completely different things.

There is no tech backlash, the New York Times tells us; a statement met with sighs of vindication in some corners of the internet, in which invocations of an “invented narrative” sum up the minority view — albeit a vocal one — against the increasing prevalence of technology criticism in parts of the mainstream and left commentariat. In the last quarter, according to the Times, Facebook “added about a…

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