"[Technology] knows everything about us. And it causes a level of anxiety that is sort of quietly pervasive. . . . In the technology of industry, we worry about the damage to the environment. In the technology of weapons, we're concerned about their potential for destruction. In the technology of nuclear energy, we sometimes find ourselves a little worried about what will happen if there's an accident. So there's something beneath the domestic veneer of our lives that is carried somewhat perniciously by the force of technology. And it causes an odd sort of almost unrealizable dread.
"We haven't learned to trust technology. . . . Think of the Kennedy assassination and how the major artifact of that event, the Zapruder film, which is 18 seconds of footage of the actual death of the president, has been subjected to decades of increasingly sophisticated technological scrutiny. And yet in the end all we're left with are patches and shadows, a sense of a powerful death, but the explanation continues to elude us. Every generation has a new sense of the sophistication of the technology being developed and how it will solve . . . certain problems of perception, how it will be superior to what we've had before. But sometimes it just doesn't. There are some dif-ficulties, there are human anxieties, that can't be satisfied by the most sophisticated technology."
-- Don DeLillo, author of nine novels, including White Noise (Viking, 1985) and Libra (Viking, 1988), in a "Talk of the Nation" interview with Ray Suarez* * *
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