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Monday, May 15, 2017

Definitions for Luddite

  1. someone who is opposed or resistant to new technologies or technological change.
  2. a member of any of various bands of workers in England (1811–16) organized to destroy manufacturing machinery, under the belief that its use diminished employment.

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Citations for Luddite
Leila was no Luddite, but she trusted her paper notebook over any of her electronics. David Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 2014
He luxuriates in air-conditioned comfort while exhorting his neo-Luddite followers to renounce the basic trappings of modern technology. Sale's computer-bashing may earn him a tidy sum on the lecture circuit, but I'm sure he reads by electric light, preserves his food through modern refrigeration, and even uses that "needless technology" the Brooklyn Bridge when where's money to be made in that borough. Barbara Shafferman, "Letters," New York, August 14, 1995
Origin of Luddite
1805-1815
The original Luddites were skilled weavers who were not opposed to new technology but were worried how the new technology would affect their livelihoods. These skilled workers began destroying manufacturing machinery in Nottingham, and by 1812 organized agitators were called Luddites, after a supposed Ned Ludd (possibly born Edward Ludlam), a weaver who, in a fit of rage, destroyed mechanical knitting machines in 1799. A dozen years later, when the labor unrest was in full flow, Ned Ludd became completely mythologized as King Ludd or General Ludd or Captain Ludd, who like Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. The modern sense of Luddite as one being opposed to anything new, especially in technology, i.e., a technophobe, dates from the 1970s. Luddite entered English in the 19th century.