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Chapter 1: Risk Society or Angst Society? Two Views of Risk, Consciousness and Community
Every technology produces, provokes, programs a specific accident … The invention of the boat was the invention of shipwrecks. The invention of the steam engine and the locomotive was the invention of derailments. The invention of the highway was the invention of three hundred cars colliding in five minutes. The invention of the airplane was the invention of the plane crash. I believe that from now on, if we wish to continue with technology (and I don't think there will be a Neolithic regression), we must think about both the substance and the accident. …
Wir [Deutschen] sind Weltmeister der Angst.