The Rise of the Luddites

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The Industrial Revolution was a major shift of technological, socioeconomic, and cultural conditions that occurred in the late 18th century and early 19th century in some Western countries. It began in Britain and spread throughout the world as industrialization. It marked a major turning point in human social history; almost every aspect of daily life and human society is, eventually, in some way influenced.

It continues to develop as it changes the society and every individual in it. When it began, it could not stop. As what Sales once said, "…the machines may change but their machineness does not…" (1995). It was perhaps his way of saying that when a machine is developed, one may invent something more effective than that particular machine but the result will still be a machine – nothing would change that. Thus, people will continue to be dependent on machines more than anything else. Kirkpatrick Sales is a well-known leader of Neo-Luddism today. He believes that the advance of technology will someday lead to the downfall of the world.

This study will have to focus on luddism especially on the various forms of luddism which are still present up to now. This study is inspired by what Wendell Berry said, "I do not see that computers are bringing us one step nearer to anything that does matter: peace, economic justice, ecological health, political honesty, family and community stability, good work.". Berry is a known essayist and poet who does not use computers because they represent the system he opposes in his writing. He never said that he is a luddite but it goes to show that he is through his writings.

"The Luddites were a social movement of English textile artisans in the early nineteenth century who protested — often by destroying textile machines — against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt threatened their livelihood." (wikipedia)

The Luddites were known as a great organization who probably knows more than just...
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