Luddite


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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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Unveilling the plaque to commemorate the 202nd anniversary of the Luddite attacks from the Shears Inn at Halifax Road, Liversedge.
In the back room of a Yorkshire pub, a young lad takes the oath of secrecy and joins the Luddites.
His assertion that those of us who are critical of the monstrous building disfiguring the banks of the River Tees adjacent to the Victoria Bridge are Luddites demonstrates a profound ignorance of both the people of Stockton and the Luddites.
NED LUDD was the mythical leader of the Luddites, the social movement of English textile workers, formed in 1811, that resisted the onward march of the industrial revolution.
The sheer ingenuity of a project like SpaceShipOne, and its creators' willingness to face the many personal, financial and technical risks inherent in such an endeavor, run directly against the Luddite philosophy, Innovators such as Rutan consider the uncertain landscape modern technology offers them, and instead of trying to pretend that they can turn back the clock as the Luddites did--they take stock of what new things they can do, what opportunities they can take and how best to manage the risks that will result.
The name Luddite now is a label of scorn, applied to people who are considered to be against progress and who reject the advance of civilization.
Over time, the word Luddite has taken on a generic meaning applied to anyone who might resist new technology, whether the fax machine, the personal computer or the automatic transmission.
In other words, we might be wise to take an exploratory, rather than Luddite, view.
David Noble's battle to `Defend the Sacred Space' of the classroom: Jeremiads against online education attract followers; critics say he's an ill-informed Luddite.
To argue the opposite, as Nader does in a most intemperate manner, only sullies the good name of consumerism by turning it into a Luddite movement.
The investigation is not yet complete, but there is growing evidence that only a Luddite would lay the blame on end-of-the-century technology screw-ups.
Authorities say this could never happen, but still, the Luddite whale lovers believe that, in this case, ignorance is bliss.