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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

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

Peter Townsend

Oxford University Press

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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