By Steven E. Jones
This ebook addresses the query of what it will probably suggest this present day to be a Luddite--that is, to take a stand opposed to expertise. Steven Jones the following explains the heritage of the Luddites, British fabric works who, from round 1811, proclaimed themselves fans of ''Ned Ludd'' and smashed equipment they observed as threatening their alternate. Against Technology isn't a background of the Luddites, yet a historical past of an concept: how the actions of a gaggle of British employees in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire got here to face for an international anti-technology philosophy, and the way an nameless collective flow got here to be pointed out with an individualistic own conviction. offended cloth employees within the early 19th century turned romantic symbols of a hope for an easy life--certainly no longer the unique aim of the activities for which they turned well-known. Against know-how is, in different phrases, a booklet approximately representations, concerning the snapshot and the parable of the Luddites and the way that fantasy was once reworked through the years into glossy neo-Luddism.
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One 1998 article demonstrates this neo-Luddite desire for a movement worthy of its philosophy. It attacks modern “Technolatry,” and optimistically describes a growing coalition of grassroots organizations. ”10 Not every neo-Luddite would wish to be grouped with the Christian home-schooling movement, but the populist, Libertarian bent and general cultural conservatism of this list is a reminder that the antitechnology philosophy makes strange bedfellows. Neo-Luddism seemed for a time almost capable of bringing together anticapitalist anarchists with neoconservative cultural critics and radical deep ecologists.
The name Luddite seems to have first been used in print in December 1811, in a newspaper account in the Nottingham Review about a group of protesting stocking-knitters in Nottinghamshire, who were presumably already calling themselves Luddites or at least naming themselves followers of Ned Ludd or General Ludd. Soon the term was also adopted to describe textile workers in Yorkshire and Lancashire, who began to organize themselves, to act in bands or secret groups, in order to take direct action against those they accused of violating the fair and customary practices of their trade, sometimes putting them out of work and generally profiting from changes in their social and economic conditions by deploying new kinds of machinery.
71) A brutal policeman in Mexico sees eye to eye with Evan and refers to the protesters as motivated by “Fear of the modern world, fear of change, fear of technology” (104). When one of the protesters in Seattle argues that “all the different issues are all part of the one issue” — the global dominance of capitalism — his detailed analysis of the interconnected ownership of corporate conglomerates is edited down by the TV news to a human-interest sound bite about the Red Monarch butterfly and genetically-modified crops, falsely representing him as a singleissue “green” (296–97).