By Steven E. Jones
This ebook addresses the query of what it will probably suggest this day to be a Luddite--that is, to take a stand opposed to know-how. Steven Jones right here 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 exchange. Against Technology isn't really a historical past of the Luddites, yet a background of an idea: how the actions of a bunch of British staff in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire got here to face for an international anti-technology philosophy, and the way an nameless collective circulate got here to be pointed out with an individualistic own conviction. indignant fabric employees within the early 19th century turned romantic symbols of a hope for an easy life--certainly now not the unique aim of the activities for which they grew to become recognized. Against expertise is, in different phrases, a e-book approximately representations, concerning the photograph and the parable of the Luddites and the way that fantasy was once remodeled through the years into glossy neo-Luddism.
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Additional info for Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism
The neo-Luddite resistance against technology, the novel suggests, takes place in a larger context in which technology promotes global capital at the expense of nature as well as local human culture. Significantly, both sides assume that technology is the overarching force that makes possible the empire of capital. This novel is based on the fact that the antitechnology worldview was at the center of the antiglobalization movement of the 1990s. indd 25 2/13/06 12:03:19 PM 26 Against Technology aiming to make philosophical resistance to technology one of the key planks in its emerging anticapital platform.
The interviewer obviously hit a nerve. ” For Gates, hostility to computers equals Luddism, and Luddites are techno-pessimists, inept “reactionaries,” enemies of progress. The computerized global economy, which according to its proponents “wants” to be “frictionless,” is now the backdrop against which modern neo-Luddism must imagine a position against technology. Bill Joy’s Epiphany The use of “Luddite” as a synonym for “technophobe,” or even “anticomputer,” is a defensive reflex built into today’s technology-based business culture.
It may take a special effort to remember how almost any new technology was instantly marketed as a prophetic event. For a time, the ironic term “vaporware” carried almost exclusively positive connotations. It was exciting because it was immaterial, just talk or whiteboard sketches. The mere idea of new technology not yet realized — in fact, so much the better if it was not yet realized — attracted venture capital. ” In America it has always been easy to confuse the marketplace with the “marketplace of ideas,” and to believe that the capital of new technologies can be leveraged to reinvent the world.