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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Therefore, the main concern from Neo-Luddites is how to ensure that technology will solve human related issues such as socio-environmental ones without creating relatively dangerous issues such as global warming.
The true believers call themselves extropians, posthumans, and transhumanists, and are actively organizing not just to bring the Singularity about, but to counter the technophobes and neo-Luddites who believe that unchecked technological progress will exceed our ability to reverse any destructive process that might unintentionally be set in motion.
Because the only conceivable alternative to a world of human refuse, of serfs and slaves abandoned by an increasingly self-sufficient corporate cyber-media oligarchy, is a revolution of the lumpenproletariat (the formerly working class) based not in neo-Luddite refusal but in desire.
This double assault on corporate book chains and the internet is a bold move and the stuff of neo-Luddite legend.
For those of us in the neo-Luddite resistance to the information Millennium, the most reassuring development in 1995 was the outbreak of the FIRST COMPUTER SUPERVIRUS.
The ways of resisting the industrial monoculture can be as myriad as the machines against which they are aimed and as varied as the individuals carrying them out, as the many neo-Luddite manifestations around the world make clear.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ronald Bailey's article on the neo-Luddite movement ("Rage Against the Machines," July).
He's not one of these neo-Luddite, crunchy granola, anti-technology nuts.
The global, organized neo-Luddite movement was born this February 24th, on New York City's tony upper East Side, of all places.
We must strongly reject the neo-Luddite voices in our society, seen in their most extreme and repugnant form in the writings and actions of the Unabomber,'' Gore said.
The neo-Luddite writer John Zerzan, for whom art itself prevents people from truly experiencing nature, says the Walkman is part of an "ensemble of technologies" that cause a "protective sort of withdrawal from social connections.
At this point Gray sounds like a full-fledged neo-Luddite, rejecting the rat race of economic and technological progress in favor of some lost bucolic wonderland of cheerful, ruddy peasants and a wise and kindly nobility.