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One Dimensional Man Today technology has taken over just about every aspect of our daily lives According to some this is a good thing because it makes our lives easier and more efficient For others it is not so great for some of the same reasons that its proponents support it Technology and more specifically technological progress have lead us down a road full of contradictions which is especially true in the area of liberty It has programmed us to believe that there is another set of primary needs that join the likes of food clothing and shelter If we continue down this road there will come a day when the wireless phone will join this list Has there been an increase in the scope of societies control over the individual by way of technology I believe as does Mancuse that as opposed to controlling social forces by way of terror which was used in totalitarian governments of the past we now use technology How is technology used to accomplish this Technology promises greater efficiency and an increased standard of living These are two things that cause us to become slaves because things are never efficient enough and we always want more money Therefore we can begin to see how in our society the technical apparatus becomes totalitarian Mancuse illustrates this point by explaining how technology determines not only the socially needed occupations skills but also individual needs and aspirations It is one thing for socially needed occupations to be affected however when our private existence threatened the issue becomes totally different Does technical progress destroy the opposition between public and private existence I would say that it most certainly does Our private space has been attacked and arguably destroyed Mancuse argues that due to the effects of mass production and scientific management we react in a mechanical fashion This is perhaps most evident the way that technical progress manipulates our needs Simply because
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