solutionism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From solution +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

solutionism (uncountable)

  1. The belief that all difficulties have benign solutions, often of a technocratic nature.
    • 1984, D. Philip Baker, The Library Media Program and the School, Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited (→ISBN), page 54:
      Solutionism is just a belief that for every problem there exists a solution; and successful persons are those who solve problems.
    • 2013, Evgeny Morozov, chapter 1, in To Save Everything, Click Here, →ISBN:
      So before we can embark on discussing the shortcomings of solutionism in areas like politics or crime prevention, it's worth getting a better grasp of the pernicious intellectual influence of Internet-centrism—a task we turn to in the next chapter.
    • 2014, M. Berry, M. Schleser, Mobile Media Making in an Age of Smartphones, Springer (→ISBN)
      Evgeny Morozov defines this trend as solutionism: a normal problem-solving apparatus gone into overdrive (Morozov 2013). Thanks to ICTs, Morozov claims, new types of solutions that weren't possible a few years ago are now ready at hand.
  2. The providing of a solution or solutions to a customer or client (sometimes before a problem has been identified).

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