Adam Thierer is a Senior Research Fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the author of “Permissionless Innovation” (2016) and “Evasive Entrepreneurs & the Future of Governance” (2020).

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Why pessimism sounds smart

In his 2013 book, “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” Clive Thompson noted that “dystopian predictions are easy to generate” and “doomsaying is emotionally self-protective: if you complain that today’s technology is wrecking the culture, you can tell yourself you’re a gimlet-eyed critic who isn’t hoodwinked by high-tech trends and silly, popular activities like social networking. You seem like someone who has a richer, deeper appreciation for the past and who stands above the triviality of today’s life.” (p. 283)

I think that really nails it.