What is suggested by the quote "We are the doddering remnants of a race of mechanical fools" in "The Portable Phonograph"?

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One of the strongest elements of the short story is its questioning of progress.  The story features a setting that has been decimated by world conflict.  Technological advancement and progress benchmarks reached could not stop the obliteration of society and the annihilation of cultures.  In this light, the quote of "mechanical fools" is persuasive because it brings to light how...

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