Notes for a session on Luddite Technologists
I threw these down to prep for a session I held at Foo Camp in June 2012. I didn't follow the notes that precisely, and I suspect the session wound up less Luddite than the notes, but these may be of interest to people with similar questions.
Often find those deeply involved in technology are its most coherent skeptics.
"All Hail King Ludd" - Ned Ludd destroyed a stocking (knitting) frame in 1779, and people said afterward of broken machines that "Ned Ludd did it". Led to 1811-12 refrain "All hail King Ludd" and rebellion. (Are programmers the weavers of today?) Also wove into Robin Hood legend.
Programmer by day, Prepper by night
Peak Oil folks
Food and health issues
Reviving lost and old technologies (Moxon vise)
Neanderthal hand-tool woodworkers often programmers
Singularity and transhumanism make some people vomit - explicit humanism response
Waldorf / Sloyd - programmers sending children to media-free Waldorf
Slow Food, Slow anything [see Slow Web, for tech-connected example]
Letterpress business cards for tech companies
Bespoke creation in an age of cheap reproduction
Minority movement or growing trend?
Lars von Spuybroek, The Sympathy of Things: Ruskin and the Ecology of Design.
Thomas Pynchon, Is it okay to be a Luddite?