Arendt’s request in the essay you just read is a simple one: that we “think what


Arendt’s request in the essay you just read is a simple one: that we “think what we are doing” when we develop new technologies.
The technologies that Arendt was thinking about were, primarily, nuclear weapons and space flight. She had in mind, however, the fact that the future is unpredictable, and that new, unforeseen technologies would inevitably emerge that were not carefully thought through.
In 2022, her words seem particularly prescient. From the social division encouraged by social media to the anxiety created by 24 hour cable news to the potential for devastation brought about by biological weapons research, our modern world is full of technologies and ideas that prove that, Arendt would argue, we are still not thinking what we are doing.
For this discussion, I want you to think of one technology or emerging cultural or social or political idea/movement that demonstrates a lack of “thinking what we are doing.” The examples listed above are fair game, but I want this discussion to be wide ranging, so if you see that several people have already addressed a topic, try to think of something else.
Also, it is useful to be as specific as possible so that the discussion can be more meaningful and more people can get in on it. For example, if you want to write about social media, choose a specific platform (Facebook, IG, Twitter, etc.).
For this discussion board, you will be writing one original post and at least one response to a classmate.
Instructions
For Your Original Post
Identify one technology or cultural/social/political idea or movement that you think demonstrates a lack of “thinking what we are doing.” in 5-7 sentences, explain why you think your topic fits in this category: What are its dangers? How can it be used destructively? How might we think it through and implement it more thoughtfully?
For Your Response to a Classmate
In at least 3 sentences, respond to the post of a classmate, indicating agreement or disagreement and building upon or taking issue with their argument.


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