Solutionism and Its Discontents
“In the future, people will spend less time trying to get technology
to work . . . because it will just be seamless. It will just be there.
The Web will be everything, and it will also be nothing.
It will be like electricity. . . If we get this right, I believe we
can fix all the world’s problems.”
“‘Solutionism’ [interprets] issues as puzzles to which there is a solution, rather than problems to which there may be a response.”
“The overriding question, ‘What might we build tomorrow?’
blinds us to questions of our ongoing responsibilities
for what we built yesterday.”
—PAUL DOURISH AND SCOTT D. MAINWARING
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