The modern technological society in which bored, sexually neurotic, autonomous individuals secretly relish news of disasters is a society enmeshed with the frustrations of people who are unable to make technology live up to its promises. The description of these frustrations and their results constitutes a large portion of Walker Percy's writings. Regardless of current debates about scientific paradigms, Postmodernism, late Capitalism, and so forth, most ordinary people and many technologists continue to get along in life by understanding and justifying their actions according to the "powerful credentials of science and technology" (Lost in the Cosmos 113).



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