Douthwaite claims that technology is necessary to solve social problems, but if only for time, yet he has a positive look on the subject. While Douwaithe is positive, both Johnston and Huesemann find technological advances to negatively affect humans. Johnston agrees with Douwaithe in saying that technology works as a short term fix for social problems, but Johnston calls technology a ‘“band aid’ solution.’ However Huesemann believes technology simply a negativity having not only irreversible but also unavoidable consequences.
Technological fixes have social and environmental repercussions because of two main reasons. The first being that they are simply fixes, hey do not address the long term effects. Like Johnston brought up, a “band aid” solution is what technological fixes are because they focus of the immediate problems and do not attempt to fix the underlying causes that seem to perpetuate the problem. And the second problem is social to begin with. The reason a technological problem is unable to fix social problems is because humans are hard to predict and Douthwaite said it best in his commentary that “In the social sciences, however, one knows very little for certain” he said this because humans cannot be understood in quantifiable ways. With this being said it is easier to understand why trying to use a quantifiable method, such as science on an unquantifiable human can have negative repercussions. Although this is so I do not believe it should stop the technological search for solutions to problems, I believe that the search should continue, but should be expanded to find the underlying problems instead of the surface problems.