the politics of denying causal power to objects 

From Addiction By Design, by Natasha Dow Schüll, pg 19:

In a strategic response to growing suggestions that gambling machines are to some extent implicated in gambling addiction, the American Gaming Association released a 2010 white paper called “Demystifying Slot Machines.” Echoing the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) famous slogan— “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”— the paper asserts that “the problem is not in the products [players] abuse, but within the individuals.”  In this one- sided account, the machine is merely “the mechanism through which pre- existing psychological disturbances are expressed,” as a researcher puts it.  “What gaming critics fail to understand,” a reporter for Global Gaming Business sums up, is that “machines are simply inanimate objects.” 

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