Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.
Not even the moral conversion of the technicians could make a difference. At best, they would cease to be good technicians. In the end, technique has only one principle, efficient ordering.
— Probably from The Technological Society
go here if you need an intro to Ellul… there is amazingly little about him on the web. His books also are strangely valued: his best is “The Ethics of Freedom”, which nobody seems to notice. It would be among the 10 books I’d want on a desert island.