The Luddites were English textile workers who violently opposed mechanization of their industry between 1811-1816. They liked to smash things, automated looms usually. The movement was so popular that the British army had to get involved to quash it.
Now a “Luddite” can refer to anyone opposed to innovation, often involving technology or computers. Which brings me to the point of this blog. I consider myself a bit of a Luddite. (It sounds quite flattering actually–“Hey, you big Luddite!”) I’m not a Luddite in all areas, just a few areas related to technology, so I thought I’d start a series of Luddite Chronicles.
Topics that I plan to discuss are:
1) Newspapers v. news online
2) Dumb phones v. smart phones
3) Real books v. e-books
Just to be clear, my Luddite tendencies are not due to technophobia. I have a MS degree in engineering and I taught computer science.
What other categories of technology would you like to discuss?
Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddites