Blinded by “technology”

Another world should be easy. What’s hard is imagining it when somebody’s brandishing an iPhone in your face.

In early 2011 I was handing out leaflets at a demo against privatisation of the UK National Health Service. A smart middle-aged couple hove into view. They didn’t look as if they’d be terribly receptive but I thought I’d have a go: people often confound their stereotypes in delightful ways. But before I could utter a whole sentence the man snatched my leaflet, scrunched it up, and said: “You people are mad! You want to turn the clock back! You want to take us all back to a miserable world that’s simply incapable of producing something like this:” And from the inside pocket of his overcoat he produced a nice, new Apple iPhone.

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