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by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies Technology and Modernization Quotes

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Maddy smiled gently. "These pills won't change the way you look. They'll only affect your brain, undoing what Dr. Cable did to the way your mind works. Then you can decide for yourself how you want to look." (48.27)

We argue that tech shows what a whole society thinks is important. (That is, if most drug companies are researching hair-growing drugs, it's because people decided that hair is more important than, say, cancer.) But it's not as if we started from a blank slate and can choose whatever technology we want. That's the mistake Maddy makes when talking to Shay: Maddy says that Shay can choose to take the pills, but Shay has already had surgery to make her not want to take the pills. (Then again, taking experimental pills doesn't sound fun.)

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