While Douthwaite feels negative towards technological fixes, he also agrees that they are the key to solving many social problems that we feel in our society today. In his commentary, he gives multiple examples as to how they could solve direct problems, but not the underlying social issues that cause them. while Johnston gives many different opinions in his article, I think that he would agree that the deeper issue is more important that the technological patch we could put over the top of it. Tech fixes seem to be almost something that governments and large companies use to keep consumers in their place in order to make more profit. The Huesemanns looked more into the direct consequences of tech fixes rather than just their causes or purpose. Tech fixes tend to be quick, cost effective, and bad for the environment. and as they stack the damage done to society and to our planet thickens.
In a perfect world, societies would look into themselves and figure out the root of their problems rather than just patching up, but I don’t think very many societies are capable of that, and I also think that much of the great technology we have today comes from technological fixes. That is not to say that we should ignore the underlying issues, or that we should ignore the outcomes of them. I think that they should be managed and standards should be held for all upcoming technology in terms of cleanliness. While we are putting a bandage over our problems we should also look at the wound underneath in an attempt to fix that as well.