No Tech Magazine: The Religion of Complexity -
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"To ask that question in those terms is to misunderstand what is going on. Brushcutters are not used instead of scythes because they are better; they are used because their use is conditioned by our attitudes toward technology. Performance is not really the point, and neither is efficiency. Religion is the point: the religion of complexity. The myth of progress manifested in tool form. Plastic is better than wood. Moving parts are better than fixed parts. Noisy things are better than quiet things. Complicated things are better than simple things. New things are better than old things. We all believe this, whether we like it or not. It’s how we were brought up."
A scythe requires a more experienced operator and some physical effort. A lawnmower is self-powered, the operator only needs to walk, often without even pushing the thing. Soon it will be self-navigating. The religion is not "complexity", it's "freedom from hassle", real or apparent.
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