For those who know me it will come as no surprise that I champion yet another book by Mark C Taylor. His work has been a constant source of inspration, reflection and a grounding/sounding board for my own thinking for quite some time. His latest book is another timely piece of work dealing with the impact of technology.
Many critics of digital media and the like tend to be a bit heavy-handed for me, and while I appreciate the critiques made, they often seem bathed in a negativity that almost overwhelms the arguments being made. Taylor is far from that kind of writer. Undoubtedly this book, which deals with the way we seem to be overwhelmed by the technologies we have embraced, is meant to be read as a warning, but the way in which he brings his argument to paper places the issue in a broader context which saves it from being polemical.
His argument is quite simple-the technoligies which we thought would make life easier etc have turned out to have trapped us in a race we can't win. Taylor is a bricoleur, bringing together big ideas from philosophy, religion, sociology, art, fashion and finance, to frame his argument. He paints a picture of global capitalism and shows how our commitment to economic growth and cxompetition have created a toxic environment.
Using digital language and metaphor he invites a 'reprogramming' of life. He is not arguing against technology as much as for us and for a different kind of understanding and engagement with technoligies of all kinds.