Main point: ironically, “technology fails most where it succeeds most, at procuring happiness” (155)
Why? Because we disengage from the world and become distracted by consumption
He sets aside concerns about ecosystem destruction, population explosion, pollution, etc., that may impose greater burdens on humanity than they take away.
He argues that the issues of social justice surrounding technology will not be met until those of who receive the most privilege from it come to terms with the questionable nature of technology’s promise.
General worth of technology: availability
… all in all, more convenient Technology relieves burdens:
IRONICALLY: promise of disburdenment leads to alienation: disengagement, loneliness, distraction, diversion
Some burdens are “good in senses that touch our very humanity” (155). Without them we are bored! Thus we seek diversion, and frivolous technologies. So, typically, technology fails to provide the happiness we seek from it. It only engenders a desire for further commodities.
Final consumption: to divert ourselves from our boredom — e.g. TV