I get tired of hearing the same tired old critiques of technology. "Online anonymity has made us uncivil", "The Internet is destroying <insert business model here>", "Cellphone are destroying our attention spans," etc., etc. Most of it can be easily dismissed as the bitterness engendered by the world changing before the very eyes of those who were quite comfortable with the way things were.
The truth is, technology doesn't do bad things or make us bad people, it just enables us to do the bad things and be the bad people we naturally want to be. If the result is ugly, it's not the fault of the device in your hand, and if you complain about what technology is doing to you, chances are that what it is doing is holding up a mirror.
There are, of course, genuine problems caused by the introduction of technology, problems that couldn't have existed before the technology made them possible. These are social problems, economic problems, problematic interactions between technology and human psychology - these are faults in humanity, not in technology.
If cellphones are to blame, the solution must be to remove or regulate cellphones. If mp3 files are the enemy, the solution is to ban mp3 files. If the Internet is evil... well, good luck fighting that battle. When we blame the technology, we fall into a trap, we become impotently opposed to devices and ideas, rather than putting our energy into adapting and learning how to use those ideas and devices effectively.
Blaming the device means we fail to address the actual problems, which are with our own psychology, culture, and economic systems. Blaming technology for our failure to cope with technology means a hopeless and eternal battle against human progress, rather than an evolution of those psychological, cultural and economic systems.
Sure, maybe the only thing we can do about humanity's inability to handle a particular technology responsibly is just to ban that technology - but recognize what problem we are really addressing there. Recognize that the problem before us is a human one, not a technological one, and that a ban is not a solution, it is an admission of defeat.