This certainly isn't a new thought, but in rewatching Metropolis
, I'm reminded that perhaps the majority of technology is by tendancy not transformative of human experience, but an arsenal for the status quo, the rich get richer
. For a few strange years technology seemed like the wild west, but increasingly, as the network theory formula plays out, it looks more and more like Morlocks and Eloi (one way or the other, even if the analogy is reversed
). Either way it's hard for me to accept any fundamental change in human nature via technology, perhaps like Twain says "The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little."