The Butter Battle Book
The Butter Battle Book Technology & Modernization Quotes Page 1
"Our slingshots have failed.That was old-fashioned stuff.Slingshots, dear boy,are not modern enough." (74-77)
The shift from simple tools like slingshots to advanced machines like guns is kind of a big deal. See, we have total control over slingshots—guns, not so much. With each new weapon, Grandpa seems to have less and less control.
This machine was so modern, so frightfully new, no one knew quite exactly just what it would do! (139-140)
Technological development has allowed the Zooks and Yooks to make a machine that even they don't completely understand. This can't end well. Just like in the Cold War, the goal was to develop better technologies without really questioning the results.
"They've thought up a gadget that's Newer than New.It is filled with mysterious Mook-Lacka-Mooand can blow all those Zooks clear to Sala-ma-goo." (165-67)
Chemical weapons, anyone?