Study Guide

The Corrections Technology and Modernization

By Jonathan Franzen

Technology and Modernization

The 20th century saw more technological advancement than any other period of human history—whether you're talking about railroads, computers, or brains—and The Corrections is concerned with how these massive technological advances affect us as individuals and on the level of society at large.

Released before the iPod (much less the iPhone), The Corrections manages to predict some of the sweeping changes that have altered modern society since the dawning of the Internet age. So are these changes good or bad? Are we better off now than we were a hundred years ago? You'll just have to keep reading to find out.

Questions About Technology and Modernization

  1. How does the fate of Midland Pacific illustrate the theme of technological modernization?
  2. Does the novel look at the Internet in a positive or negative light? Explain your answer.
  3. How does the rise of modern technology relate to the field of brain psychology?
  4. What connection does the novel draw between technology and consumerism?

Chew on This

The Corrections points to Internet technology as one of the most powerful innovations in human history because it deals with images and ideas.

The novel argues that technological advancement has only led to lower standards of quality and greater homogeneity.