Technology: An Extension of Life

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At The New Yorker festival this weekend, Jonathan Franzen and Clay Shirky set out to answer the question: Is technology good for culture?

Reflecting on the afternoon discourse, John McDermott of The Awl writes: “Technology does not necessarily advance or diminish people’s lives. Technology is an extension of life itself: it can be as lonely or happy as you make it.”


Serena Candelaria is a Rumpus intern, and a self-proclaimed fiction addict. This summer, she worked at 29th Street Publishing and began writing a novella. She is currently a senior at Yale, where she studies Literature. More from this author →