to take a distancing and critical view

Blue Apple

Senior Member
Persian (Iran)
Does "to take a distancing and critical view" mean "to have a critical view from some distance as a person who is outside the given subject rather than involved in it"?

And does "insist that the technology continue" mean "insist that the technology should continue"?

text:
His art urges the viewer to take a distancing and critical view of the assumptions behind certain digital technologies, and to insist that the technology continue to be answerable to humanistic values, as well as to the rule of ethics (Art and Politics by Claudia Mesch).
 
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