Neil Postman,  Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Alfred A. Knopf
New York, 1992

Pages 183-85

A resistance fighter understands that technology must never be accepted as part of the natural order of things, that every technology—from an IQ test to an automobile to a television set to a computer—is a product of a particular economic and political context and carries with it a program, an agenda, and a philosophy that may or may not be life-enhancing and that therefore require scrutiny, criticism and control. In short, a technological resistance fighter maintains an epistemological and psychic distance from any technology so that it always appears somewhat strange, never inevitable, never natural…. [Resistance fighters]

(1) pay no attention to a poll unless they know what questions were asked, and why;

(2) refuse to accept efficiency as the pre-eminent goal of human relations;

(3) have freed themselves from the belief in the magical powers of numbers, do not regard calculation as an adequate substitute for judgment, or precision as a synonym for truth;

(4) refuse to allow psychology or any “social science” to pre-empt the language and thought of common sense;

(5) are, at least, suspicious of the idea of progress, and who do not confuse information with understanding;

(6) do not regard the aged as irrelevant;

(7) take seriously the meaning of family loyalty and honor, and who, when they “reach out and touch someone,” expect that person to be in the room;

(8) take the great narratives of religion seriously and who do not believe that science is the only system of thought capable of producing truth;

(9) know the difference between the sacred and the profane and who do not wink at tradition for modernity’s sake;

(10) admire technological ingenuity but do not think that it represents the highest possible form of human achievement.