Technology equals progress: three examples

I am an ardent critic of the unexamined claim that technology equals progress, straightforwardly, inevitably, universally. (Here are some samples: one, two, three.) So I am pleased to report new findings unearthing examples that don't fall prey to such critique:


1. Binder clips

2. Luggage with wheels

3. Netflix

That is all.

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My basic rule of thumb is that if someone responds to some technology or development or other change with the phrase, "you can't stop progress," one should definitely question whether it counts as "progress."