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 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 a historical past of the Luddites, yet a background of an concept: 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 cloth staff within the early 19th century grew to become romantic symbols of a wish for an easy life--certainly now not the unique target of the activities for which they grew to become well-known. Against know-how is, in different phrases, a publication approximately representations, in regards to the picture 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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Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism by Steven E. Jones