Wednesday 15 July 2020

The Cult of Innovation: Its Colorful Myths and Rituals (2017)

Langdon Winner (b. 1944) is an american academic, interested in science, technology, and society. His particular focus is on the political ramifications of technology - in the widest senses of both political and technology.  

HERE is a piece by Winner on the cult of innovation, which includes his definition of benign innovation:
To my way of thinking activities and projects that modify and renew traditions and instruments of practice, might be called graceful or benign innovation.  What characterizes them, in my view, is that they usually deeply respect what came before and yet chart new, challenging, fruitful possibilities.  The old traditions are not trashed, but modified, gracefully unfolding into something new.