The accusations and fears expressed by the historical Luddites turned out to be true, and the consequences of their failure exactly as devastating as they expected. Also, these Luddites actually used plenty of technologies that suited their purposes while simply very reasonably disapproving the disruptive impacts of deliberate elite-incumbent deployments of certain technologies. As often happens in discussions among pop-tech enthusiasts about "attitudes toward technology," the notion of technology here is displacing a more relevant but demanding discussion of a complicated, historically situated, social conflict. Your "Luddite" epithet is, as usual, both specifically ignorant but also expresses a dangerously facile attitude toward the substance of technodevelopmental class struggle.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Occasional Reminder That The Historical Luddites Were Right To Fight (And Also Used "Technology" Like Everybody Else Does)
Upgraded from the Moot, my response to a comment in which I am accused of being a "luddite" (not for the last, first, or bazillionth time):