The Luddite Bubble

Significant cultural and social change often involves resistance. This was certainly the case in England during the Industrial Revolution, when The Luddites rose up to smash the textile factories and the mechanized looms that had been brought in to replace them.

In contemporary usage, the term luddite still generally refers to a person who is unfamiliar with, or opposed to, technology and technological change, but a more nuanced definition is also possible. A luddite could refer to those who support a more critical examination of the excessive role technology plays in our lives as individuals and as communities, and a skeptical reappraisal of the technophilia that currently seems to dominate our society.

Perhaps a loosely-defined neo-luddite movement could be said to already exist: representing a counter-strategy to thoughtless corporate interests, and their heavy investments in continuing the promotion of an unfettered ‘consumerism,’ (materialistic and digital)– which involves an individual hopelessly attempting to achieve happiness though endless acts of purchase, accumulation, consumption, and, in the case of media, over-exposure.

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  1. 3 November, 2012 | Dwiky

    For my part, I still don’t want a smart phone (the nearest tower is on the other side of a moauntin from us), but I started using a Kindle last fall and now read more than ever. And there’s software available that allows me to format just about any electronic text into something I can read on the Kindle. The size of the font can be adjusted as can the number of words per line. I can even annotate and mark passages of interest readily, and although the keypad is small, it is QWERTY and far easier to use than the keypad on any smart phone. Perhaps the other e-readers are useful too, but I wish I’d switched over even sooner than I did.