If religion was formerly the opiate of the masses, then surely technology is the opiate of the educated public today, or at least of its favorite authors. No other single subject is so universally invested with high hopes for the improvement of mankind generally and of Americans in particular.
-- John McDermott, "Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals"(1969)
NYRB unfortunately only provides the first few paragraphs of the essay.
The complete work is difficult to locate online, though it's included as chapter 57 of *The Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition: An Anthology*.
The (partial) bit of that at NYRB is here:
@dredmorbius ooh this book is very relevant to me
@a_breakin_glass Do tell: what interests you?
I've been hunting for a good _theory of technology_ which addresses technology *from a technological perspective* (e.g., not social, moral, business, etc.) That seems not to exist.
There is both a "theory of technology" and "philosophy of technology", but ... they are other things than what I'm looking for.
Generalistic and moderated instance.