It's a frankly magical view of technology. Lightning still strikes, fires still burn, nerves still react, when the kettle boils its lid clatters -- it makes no sense that "electronics" or "steam engines" fail.
The closest I've seen to working is Ben Aaronovitch's theory that electronics fail for the same reasons sacrifices work -- the electronic fields are similar. But electronics are not complicated enough to hold onto their field, as living beings can unless they are killed.
Most don't even try to attempt logic like that.