On the one hand, Douthwaite defends the technological phenomena to make our life easier in a short term, and he comments on some examples, such as the mass production or some devices to help us when we are drunk. On the other hand, the other two authors seem to criticize technology. In the Johnston’s reading, we can perceive that technological fixes are condemned for “inadequate engineering practice, failures of government policy, or outcomes of modern consumerism.” (Johnston, 52). Other examples he gives is that nuclear technologies are regarded as dangerous, as well as the DDT elements, which are blamed for ecological damage. In addition, in the Huesemann’s reading, it is also highlighted the importance of the damage some artificial compounds can suppose. Furthermore, “technology is directly related to the scale of exploitation of nature.” (Huesemann, 8), and there are irreversible consequences of these technology fixes, such the climate change or their impact in planetary ecosystems.
Technological fixes to social and environmental systems have negative effects as they provoke irreversible consequences. It also has to do with the overuse of nature, as it “depends not only on the magnitude of human activities but also on the speed at which they are carried out.” (Huesemann, 8). One example for this could be that regarding the extinction of species as well as indigenous human cultures. Perhaps, this might be a reason why unintended consequences should help us stop using technology in the way we are applying it. If we notice that something is wrongly used or that have serious and dangerous consequences, we should give up employing it so as we could find another alternative for that.