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    I am working on a website that aims to create inventories of various individuals and resource, and it includes technology as one of it's categories. Therefore i am wondering if anyone has any recommendations of general technology critics of the last 100 years or so? Ivan Ilitch and Neil Postman certainly come to mind, and maybe Douglass Rushkoff for the modern day. Technology critics that have more of an economic slant on technology and mechanization, include Richard Wolff and Jeremy Rifkin. Any additional names would be appreciated. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Grantham View Post
    I am working on a website that aims to create inventories of various individuals and resource, and it includes technology as one of it's categories. Therefore i am wondering if anyone has any recommendations of general technology critics of the last 100 years or so? Ivan Ilitch and Neil Postman certainly come to mind, and maybe Douglass Rushkoff for the modern day. Technology critics that have more of an economic slant on technology and mechanization, include Richard Wolff and Jeremy Rifkin. Any additional names would be appreciated. Thank you.
    Very much late in the day going by the date of your post, I know....but two people I've come across recently are Martin Heidegger and, more recently, John Zerzan (...and I think there have been maybe one or two others, but they don't come to mind at the moment: will try to remember to log back in and update if I come across them again)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Grantham View Post
    I am working on a website that aims to create inventories of various individuals and resource, and it includes technology as one of it's categories. Therefore i am wondering if anyone has any recommendations of general technology critics of the last 100 years or so? Ivan Ilitch and Neil Postman certainly come to mind, and maybe Douglass Rushkoff for the modern day. Technology critics that have more of an economic slant on technology and mechanization, include Richard Wolff and Jeremy Rifkin. Any additional names would be appreciated. Thank you.
    Very much late in the day going by the date of your post, I know....but two people I've come across recently are Martin Heidegger and, more recently, John Zerzan (...and I think there have been maybe one or two others, but they don't come to mind at the moment: will try to remember to log back in and update if I come across them again)
    A Luddite, by any other name, is, well........ you must reach into the past to find your treasure, sir. Throw away your smartphone first. Write letters. Buy stamps. Have some nice stationery. Improve your scriptwriting. They have invented nice machines to do this, as you know. Enjoy Zerzan's website. He says it all. So does Martin's 'Being and Time'. I wish you luck with your new discoveries. May you be so Blessed+ Namaste', rinpoche......

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    Thanks for those response. Yes Zerzan is a good one I listened to his podcast a couple of times, but had forgotten him. Rifkin probably does not belong on the list since his focus seems to be the effect on work rather than a direct critic of technology itself

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    Stephen Talbott

    Theodore Roszak

    Clifford Stoll

    Sven Birkerts

    Bill Henderson

    Kirkpatrick Sale

    and other members of the Lead Pencil Club:

    https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/sh...ad_Pencil_Club

    Jane Healy

    and several more mentioned here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_technology

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