Luddite

I confess to being one myself at times. But in my defense, learning new technologies is baffling and time-consuming. And why must everything on your laptop change once you run an update? Inquiring minds want to know.

(n.) Ludd·ite  \ ˈlə-ˌdīt \

One of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying labor-saving machinery as a protest; one who is opposed to technological change.

The Luddites argued that automation destroys jobs. It became an entire movement—the Luddite movement—in 1811, in Nottingham, England. After machinery began to replace them, textile mill workers rioted. The name itself is likely rooted in a fictional character named Ned Ludd in George Pellew’s Life of Lord Sidmouth (1847). Poor Ned, in a fit of rage and insanity, rushed into a weaver’s house and destroyed all of the equipment.

Anyone who shuns new technologies is now considered something of a Luddite. But come on now, who among us has not had vivid daydreams of running over their misbehaving printer with a tractor? Just me? Hello?

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Or, who has not wanted to take your computer with the sudden blue screen of death and not throw it on the floor and take a hammer to it??!! Or how about this one….looking at the list of costs on your 50,000 mile check-up on your car and just want to leave it at the dealer and get a good bicycle??!!

  2. CJ Armstrong says:

    Boy, I hear you, Mary Jane. My laptop just did updates and it took forever. Then, like you say, things are changed . . GOOD GRIEF!!!! My hubby got a new cell phone last year, an android. My daughter said I should get one too, but after trying to work with his, I’ve decided that my 5 year-old, NON-android, NOT so “smart” phone, works just fine . . . for now!!

  3. Karlyne says:

    If I remember right, there were actually Luddite riots, too – and can you really blame them? Their lives were being destroyed by machinery. Today, I think we’ve forgotten, in our search for “good jobs” in offices and cubicles, just what it meant to be employed making things by hand.

  4. Krista says:

    There are many times I have felt the technology has ruined things. I feel it makes many people lazy, but then at the same time I know there are many things nowadays we can’t do without technology. The Luddite in me won’t let my young boys have cell phones at the age of 6, play games on the iPad, or have extended periods of tv time. This allows my boys to grow up playing outside and learning things. Eventually they will need to learn about technology because that’s how the world functions but I’ll take my time on teaching them.

  5. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    One of of my favorite word !s I use it all the it all the time describe myself. I worked at 2 18th century museums and was always so happy in that milieu.

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