Luddism   Martin Ryder
  University of Colorado at Denver
  School of Education
Luddism
Neo-Luddites
and Dystopian Views of Technology

Cultural change necessarily involves resistance to change. The term Luddite has been resurrected from a previous era to describe one who distrusts or fears the inevitable changes brought about by new technology. The original Luddite revolt occurred in 1811, an action against the English Textile factories that displaced craftsmen in favor of machines. Today's Luddites continue to raise moral and ethical arguments against the excesses of modern technology to the extent that our inventions and our technical systems have evolved to control us rather than to serve us and to the extent that such leviathans can threaten our essential humanity.

 

Related site: Theory of Technology

Basics

  • Luddite (Wikipedia)
  • About Luddites (Eric Stewart)
  • Dystopia (Wikipedia)
  • The Luddites (Spartacus School Net)
  • About Luddites (Eric Stewart)
  • Neo-Luddism (Wikipedia)
  • New Luddism (BBC News)
  • Luddite Bi-Centenary (Richard Holland)

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