Rage Against The Machine – The Luddites Are Back
from the this-sounds-familiar dept
Every few months, it seems that another Luddite book comes out, talking about how much better off we are without technology. These books all take one-sided looks at ways that technology makes peoples’ lives worse, without any consideration to how they also make lives better. Technology is a tool. It makes some things better, and some things worse. You can whine about it, or you can figure out how to incorporate the good aspects into your life. Salon is running a review of what appears to be the latest in the “whining” category, called Against the Machine. From the review, it sounds like many other Luddite tracts. Just because their lives were made worse off by the technology, and they couldn’t figure out how to adjust, they think everyone needs to suffer without the technology. In the end, everyone has a choice. If you don’t want to use the technology, that is absolutely your choice. However, if you think that you need to force others not to use technology, you’re going too far. The woman who wrote the book complains that she needs to use a computer, but hates every minute of it. So, don’t use a computer. Just don’t whine about it. She also says that she uses a hand coffee grinder. What makes this bit of old technology “ok”? Shouldn’t she have to mash up coffee grounds between two rocks like they did in the old days?