Mark Tomlinson

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day: "To reiterate my own idea along these lines: Technology changes how we do things, it doesn't change what we do. People become enamored with the novelty of a new how and mistake it for a new what, which begets myths of 'changing the world.'"

The only thing I would add to this is that sometimes, just sometimes, technology does open the possibilities to do new 'things'. Probably David would argue that this is really just doing old 'things' in a new way and there is some elements of truth in that (if you distill the 'things' down to their most basic elements then this is absolutely true and "there is no new thing under the sun").