Does Technology Make Tradition Impossible?

Kristen Sanders analyzes the claim made by Jon Askonas that conservatism has failed and cannot survive the ascendancy of technology.

While tradition once functioned as a lowest common denominator that unified when necessary and guided individual beliefs, it no longer does so. Tradition no longer functions in this way because technology has rendered traditions obsolete. The “real problem…is that the conservative defense of tradition has failed- not because the right lost the battle of ideas, but because technological change has dissolved the contexts in which traditions once thrived. A technological society can have no traditions.”

Traditions lose their value as part of the disruption that is imposed by constant technological progress. The wisdom of the past is no longer the map to the future. The terrain has changed and the cartographer is obsolete.

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