Doug Hill discusses his new book Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About Technology, a critical examination of the character of technology and its impacts.
“It’s crucial—even as we sink ever deeper into our mediated world—that we pay attention to the technology engulfing us. This book helps draw the baseline that we’re leaving behind and perhaps will slow down the flight from reality.”
—Bill McKibben, activist and author, Enough, The Age of Missing Information and The End of Nature
"This book is the most comprehensive, provocative, and entertaining review of technological thought, expression, impact and controversy that I have yet seen. Written in a remarkably straightforward and open style, and seemingly without personal axes to grind, Doug Hill provides details and insight into the evolution of technology over the last millennium, while focusing on the debates, pro and con, that shaped many stages of recent development. The book is more than just a discourse; it's an informal encyclopedia of perspectives, predictions, debates and consequences of our society's technologic evolution; the upsides, and perhaps more-so, the downsides; and is more comprehensive and efficient in these explorations than anything that has preceded it. And yet it is easy reading, personable, and charming. An extraordinary achievement."
—Jerry Mander, author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television; In the Absence of the Sacred; and The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws in an Obsolete System