This particular approach is not uncommon for many Christians, as our community remains ever attracted to condemnations of 'the world.' My critique of this approach can be summed up in two points. The first is that the category of 'technology' presumed by this approach is often too narrow. Proponents fail to account for a broader sense of technology that can include the many ways in which we interact with creation. For example, clearly cell phones are technology but so are ballpoint pens, doors, and books. (See Bruno Latour)
The second point of critique is intimately related to the first and is what I'm more interested in today, namely that an approach to technology which focuses on its adverse effects on our humanity fails to account for our immensely complicated relationship with technology, even with that evil communications technology that many decry again and again.
The example I have for my second point is mud. Out of almost nowhere, many of my facebook friends--from different areas of my life and with no connection except through me in most cases--began posting pictures of or anticipatory statuses about extreme obstacle courses, usually involving large amounts of mud. I had certainly heard of these mud-runs before but not to the degree as in the past few months. My own brother and sister-in-law just completedTough Mudder. The 'objectives' of the course appear to be pushing one's physical and emotional limits, strengthening and starting friendships, and attaining a sense of personal accomplishment. I would offer that part of it is just reminding yourself about the joys of being alive and of the wonder of bodiliness.
I offer mud, therefore, as a helpful example for seeing the complex relationship we have with technology. When someone completes a mud-run, pictures are posted and stories are shared on facebook and twitter. Others become inspired, jealous, competitive, and do their own crazy obstacle courses. Pushing through the mud reminds us of our humanity but the moment was facilitated in large part by the technology. Technology is not external to us in a way that we can name it and then accept or deny it.