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“We Shape Our Tools, And Thereafter Our Tools Shape Us”

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Progress can be both good and bad, like everything the good is nearly always better than the bad. “Good” in this case it can be defined as “innovation that’s not only sustainable, but also restorative and resilient” (Hollender 2012, p6). Hollender expresses his opinions that there is no such thing as bad nowadays, instead it should be classified as “less bad” meaning the generation of less waste, less CO2, pollute less water and utilize a greater amount of recycled materials (Hollender 2012, p6). He expresses these views on his idea of “less bad” as the world has revolutionized itself to a point where that almost everything innovative that we now do will harm something else in a negative ...view middle of the document...

Nowadays we see the hammer used by shoe repairers, carpenters, handymen, mechanics ect. This simple example of a hammer helps prove that the tools we shape do in fact shape us in a good way, unfortunately though the majority of tools shape us in the opposite direction as shown in my next two examples.

Computers and the recent induction of smart phones and tablets to our business lives have been another prevalent example of our tools shaping us, this time the tool is not shaping us for the better. Computers were first introduced to help complete high volume data tasks at faster speeds instead of doing the work manually with pen and paper. Simply computers were to make life easier. However that trend has recently involved and now computers are everything. Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done (A. Rooney). This quote by A. Rooney suggests that computers are now in control of us. The tool that we once made to make our lives easier and more convenient is now in control of us. An example of this could be the way we use computers to play video games at work or university instead of actually using them to do the things that they are there to be utilized for such as working or studying. Computers are taking over, so are smart phones and tablets in the same way. It can be argued that this is a lack of willpower by the user, but if the majority of users have once used a computer to do something that may not be of a high priority it proves that computers are now shaping us.

Vehicles and modes of transport are a more serious example of tools we have created that now shape the way we are and our living standards. Like the caveman and hammer example cars...

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