“Through the computer, the heralds say, we will make education better, religion better, politics better, our minds better – best of all, ourselves better. This is, of course, nonsense, and only the young or the ignorant or the foolish could believe it. And that is true, at least in the sense that we do not blame an elephant for its huge appetite or a stone for being hard or a cloud for hiding the sun. That is their nature...”
Boring Ourselves To Death
"...the primary, if not the only, goal of human labor and thought is efficiency, that technical calculation is in all respects superior to human judgment ... and that the affairs of citizens are best guided and conducted by experts."
Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985)
He argued that technopoly is a society where television is deified, or worshipped.
A 2023 study showed that 96.2% of people worldwide own a cell phone.
Nicholas Carr stated that cell phones are a "repository of the self, recording and dispensing the words, sounds and images that define what we think, what we experience and who we are."
How Cellphones Hijack Our Minds (2015)
"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see."
A culture can exist without a social idea of children.
"Unlike infancy, childhood is a social artifact, not a biological category."
The Disappearance of Childhood (1982)