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Technology doesnt kill people Today we swim in a sea of ever-changing technology that affects us as much as our thoughts and actions shape it The technology we have chosen either by the preferences of those who use it or the agendas of those who own and benefit from it has had its own influence on us from gross examples such as increased pollution or a higher Western-style standard of living to the way one person perceives another Some people who resist using some or even all technology they are often called Luddites by those who embrace all things new another type calls themselves Neo-Luddites such as Kirkpatrick Sale In his book Human scale Sale describes the slow rotting of the stones of the Parthenon and other ancient monuments to civilization from the acid pollution developed by our present Industrial civilization and compares it to the slow disintegration our industrialized society has seemed to have undergone He identifies effects of technology which have been harmful to the human condition and the environment but seems to not quite get it about the Luddites they were not fighting the machines themselves they were struggling against powers of society that for the past century through enclosure and the abolishment of commonality and the subsequent arisal of a class of people who lived by renting their labor the working class Laslett 195 had been seeking to disempower and disenfranchise the mass of people and were now striking anew with the latest and most powerful manifestation of their social policies the Industrial Factory The men of Nottinghamshire who died as Luddites were fighting a system not a technology a system whose intentions were not to cut costs and increase efficiency but to increase the control of management ie the control of the owners of capital over labor Technological developments are made by and in the best interests of those who own those who own and
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