That brief mention of technological skepticism is interesting, and helps me make sense of some of my negative feelings about the worldbuilding in The Dragon Prince. The crew talk about greed, but the show doesn’t seem to center greed or political power structures as the problem - it pins the source of the blame on the magic being dark, and seems to lay out a situation where if only the humans disengaged, everything would be fine. Greed isn’t the problem, it’s just the thing binding them to the problematic element. There’s something interesting to be said about that soul-stealing snake thing too - those snakes sound like they’re just natural parts of the ecology, so the show seems to write off entire spheres of nature as evil and untouchable.
The whole “once the world was beautiful, and now it’s ruined” narrative is IMO also increasingly problematic. That’s a framework repeatedly used to justify nationalistic, sexist, and inter-generational exertions of power, and I don’t feel great about a kids show that uses that as a premise. It reminds me a bit about the way (old, white, wealthy) homeowners in my city are rallying with astounding vitriol against rental and social housing projects they seem to think will ruin their 50s-style idyllic picket fence lives. Anyone who waxes poetic about a Golden Age in any field is IMO worthy of some deep skepticism.
Compare this to Avatar/Korra, which IMO handled ideas of material change really well - some great stuff happens, some terrible stuff happens, but on balance human power dynamics are what cause suffering, not disruptions of an inherently righteous status quo.
I guess for once I’d like fantasy allegories about people building solar farms and public transit, rather than yet another shallow dig at nuclear weapons.