Note — Nov 15, 2020

Ursula K. Le Guin: A Rant About “Technology”

Seen in → No.150

Source → ursulakleguinarchive.com/Note-Technology.htm...

Super short Le Guin from 2005, always so insightful and clear in her remarks on technology.

Its technology is how a society copes with physical reality: how people get and keep and cook food, how they clothe themselves, what their power sources are (animal? human? water? wind? electricity? other?) what they build with and what they build, their medicine - and so on and on. Perhaps very ethereal people aren’t interested in these mundane, bodily matters, but I’m fascinated by them, and I think most of my readers are too. […]

Technology is the active human interface with the material world.