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In her book The Real World of Technology 1999 Ursula M Franklin argues that technology has a disruptive effect on humanity If left-unchecked technology will eventually destroy society as we know it Franklin illustrates her point by focusing on the effects technology has had on society and cultures in the past She uses examples from China before the Common Era to the Roman Empire with a majority of examples coming form the last one hundred and fifty years Such as the Industrial Revolution and the invention of electronic mail Franklin contends that for societys sake people must question everything before accepting new technologies into their world In the book Franklins argument urges people to come together and participate in public reviews and discuss or question technological practices that lead to a world that is designed for technology and not for society The Real World Of Technology attempts to show how society is affected by every new invention that comes onto the market and supposedly makes life more easy going and hassle free while making work more productive and profitable The lectures argue that technology has built the house in which we live Franklin p1 and that this house is continually changing and being renovated There is very little human activity outside of the house and all in habitants are affected by the design of the house by the division of its space by the location of its doors and walls p1 Franklin claims that rarely does society step outside of the house to live when compared with generations past The goal for leaving the house is not to enter the natural environment because in Franklins terms environment essentially means what is around us that constructed manufactured built environment that is the day-in-day-out sic setting of much of the contemporary world of technology p89 Nature today is seen as a construct instead of as a force or entity with its own dynamics p85 The book claims
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