Devices vs. Things

“The stereo as a device contrasts with the instrument as a thing. A thing, in the sense in which I want to use the term, has an intelligible and accessible character and calls forth skill and active human engagement, A thing requires practice while a device invites consumption. Things constitute commanding reality, devices procure disposable reality…things gather our world and radiate significance in ways that contrast with the diversion and distraction afforded by commodities.”

Albert Borgmann in Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology – (2003: 31)