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Luddite

A term for workers in the early 19th century in Britain who opposed the Industrial Revolution because increased mechanization was changing the economy and leaving them without jobs. The term has come to mean any person who opposes technological changes, especially those that impact the economy.
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Many Luddites were injured but managed to escape, but two were badly wounded and captured.
Known as Luddites (named for Ned Lud, a deranged farmworker who began attacking machinery in the late 18th century), they were the forerunners to those who came to fear that they would be replaced by machines.
The band of Luddites, named for apprentice Ned Ludd, were fiercely opposed to changes taking place in the textiles industry that moved production from the homes of individual loom operators to factories where giant machines were staffed by shifts of workers.
Pynchon argues that the Luddite attacks were directed against Ellulian technique rather than technology, and this view is supported by the fact that technologies which were the subject of Luddite attacks had been in use since the sixteenth century, albeit driven by waterpower rather than steam power.
After a few successful raids on manufacturing sites and attacks against individual mill owners, the rebels, who called themselves Luddites after their mythical leader "General" or "King" Ned Ludd, were suppressed by military force and by the quick trials and harsh punishments meted out to the few individuals identified and convicted as participants in Luddite raids.
This wise maxim of Herbert Read's is what Wordsworth and the other Romantic poets of the Luddite era expressed in their own way as they saw the Satanic mills and Stygian forges both imprisoning and impoverishing textile families and usurping and befouling natural landscapes--"such outrage done to nature as compels the indignant power .
Cyril Pearce, chairman of Huddersfield Local History Society, said: "The annual Luddite Memorial Lecture is an ideal opportunity for distinguished historians to share their work with a wider public and to contribute to our understanding of our own history.
Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk - two of the most well known names in the world of science and technology - were on Tuesday identified as members of a "loose coalition" of "alarmists," who were (dis)honored with the 2015 Luddite Award, an annual prize given by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) - a U.
RE: Brian Wolford, Thank you to the 'Luddites' (Your Say, Dec 31) Brian, I am not a Luddite, and I am not anti-airport.
I'm somewhere between tech-savvy and a Luddite,'' he said.
Maybe my Luddite DNA prevents me from figuring out the technology.
With these references, Pernice makes a move toward positioning Schwitters not as a romantic, Luddite ancestor but as a proponent of the kind of art practice that capitalizes on the alchemical transformation of objects--like benches--into art.