Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism by Steven E. Jones

By Steven E. Jones

This booklet addresses the query of what it can suggest this present day to be a Luddite--that is, to take a stand opposed to know-how. Steven Jones the following explains the historical past of the Luddites, British cloth works who, from round 1811, proclaimed themselves fans of "Ned Ludd" and smashed equipment they observed as threatening their exchange. Against Technology isn't really a heritage of the Luddites, yet a background of an idea: 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 move got here to be pointed out with an individualistic own conviction. offended cloth staff within the early 19th century grew to become romantic symbols of a wish for an easy life--certainly now not the unique objective of the activities for which they turned recognized. Against expertise is, in different phrases, a publication approximately representations, in regards to the snapshot and the parable of the Luddites and the way that delusion was once remodeled through the years into glossy neo-Luddism.

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