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The Dark Side of Technology$
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Peter Townsend

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.001.0001

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Good Technologies with Bad Side Effects

Good Technologies with Bad Side Effects

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(p.51) 4 Good Technologies with Bad Side Effects
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The Dark Side of Technology
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Peter Townsend

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.003.0004

There are many unexpected side effects from perfectly good technologies. Some are positive (e.g. as for the side effects of a heart treatment with Viagra). Others are lethal, as from arsenic in green Victorian wallpaper. Food additives have a wide range of effects on health. Similar mixtures of good and bad exist in kitchen designs and home equipment, and in compounds used in beauty products and treatments from make-up to corsetry. From farming to building construction new materials are continuously added. Many have downsides, but in some (such as asbestos) commercial pressures outweighed the known health issues for nearly a century. All new chemicals, materials, and drugs have the potential to have hidden and unpredictable negative factors. Typically, enthusiasm for new commodities outweighs caution.

Keywords:   beauty products, food additives, drugs, asbestos, Victorian wallpaper

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