Jacques Ellul was a 20th century French philosopher. He wrote several books, and some were about technological and its impact on society. Perhaps the most important of these was “The Technological Society” (see recommended reading list). Ted Kaczynski (also known as “The Unabomber”) often quotes from Ellul, and even though this might be considered a poor choice of reference, I do believe it highlights the fact that Ellul’s work has far-reaching implications and influence.
The following You Tube video is a short 6 part documentary produced by Jan van Boeckel. “The Betrayal by Technology” is a fascinating view into the thoughts of Ellul made before some time before his death in 1994. It is all in French, but does have English subtitles.
Please watch the entire documentrary at this link and feel free to leave comments. I think Ellul makes so many interesting points, it is sure to stimulate discussion on many levels.
Note: The above quote comes from Kaczynski’s book; Technological Slavery: The Collected Writings of Theodore J. Kaczynski, A.k.a. “The Unabomber”