Von Aurum has a very good post exploring 'instrumentalist' attitudes towards technology amongst some Muslims, and the lack of recognition that technology has a more complex relationship with ideas and society than is popularly assumed, i.e. that we're not merely passive consumers of technology, but active participants in its development:
"The prefix 'techno' is used to denote a liking of technology and the possibility of improving the human condition through technology, a Technophile. At the same time these people have a cautious and educated attitude towards technology. (Just look at the horrors of modern warfare to take a peek at why not all is benign.) The word Islamicate denotes their background. While having a respect for Islamicate cultures, at the same time these people recogonize that not everything connected to Islamicate cultures is worth preserving. Now some would object that Islam or any other religion for that manner claims that following its doctrines would result in the best social arrangement in the world and thus a 'Techno-Islamicate' is an oxymoron. What this objection does not recogonize is that technology is one of the engines that drives changes in social arrangements in any society e.g., communication tecnologies has made it possible for what would have been fringe groups otherwise within Islam to dissiminate their views far and wide. There is also this assumption in a large section of Muslim community (even amongst the Muslims in the West) that they can instrumentally adopt Western (read Modern) technology without being affected by technology in any tangible manner. Basically it boils down to, "We can adopt these technologies coming from the West but not the ideas coming from there." What we end up is in a situation where slogans of "solving all our problems" are nothing more than empty slogans."