Philosophy, Medieval Logic and the London Plumbing Crisis
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Technological determinism and the naturalistic fallacy
Sorry for the long title. 'Technological determinism' is the view that the Internet is an unstoppable force (for good) and that trying to close down piracy sites such as Pirate Bay and TVShack will just lead to them being reopened elsewhere. Implicit (often explicit) in this view is that this force is on the side of good, and right and so on. A victory of the People against the Man. The naturalistic fallacy is the fallacy that because something is the case, it ought to be the case. Though it does not invoke the fallacy, this very nice site here explains it very well in the context of the 'free culture' or 'piracy' movement.
Yes. It is technologically easy to:
Drive 120 miles an hour.
Use someone else’s credit card to purchase goods online.
Log into someone else’s bank account and transfer money to yourself.