On their way to social acceptance, many technologies experience periods of public concern, controversy, and social opposition. Sometimes these responses to technologies are short episodes, motivated by naive fears or esoteric values of a small segment of the public. As in the case of religious opposition to the implementation of lightning rods (see Mazur, 1981), these episodes may be little more than amusing footnotes in the history of an ultimately successful technology. In other cases, the public responses may swell to a strong social movement against the technology, leading to its disruption, halting, or eventual abandonment. Water fluoridation, nuclear power, and the SST are recent examples of technologies suffering this fate (see Lawless, 1977; Mazur, 1981; Nelkin, 1978).
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Detlof von Winterfeldt
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