Dreaming Of An Online Utopia

Discussing his new book, Evgeny Morozov takes aim at Silicon Valley’s culture of “solutionism”:

“Solutionism” for me is, above all, an unthinking pursuit of perfection—by means of technology—without coming to grips with the fact that imperfection is an essential feature of liberal democracy. As I point out in the book, there have been many “solutionist” impulses in the past—lots of other authors have addressed it, albeit under different names (like “rationalism” or “high modernism,” for example). What makes today different is that the overall excitement about “the Internet”—I find this concept so sickening and suffocating that I use it in scare quotes throughout the book—makes us blind to the pitfalls of solutionism and justifies many silly interventions and reform agendas.

Previous Dish coverage of Morozov’s book here.