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Rebels Against The Future

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There is a tendency in human beings to resist change. This tendency is not altogether bad. The resistance to change becomes also an opportunity to have a second look at the problem and re-examine the desirability of the change and the need to modify the extent of the change needed for the present and future welfare of the people who are going to be affected by the innovation. Having said that resistance to change is more or less embedded in the human system and if the change is good for the welfare of humanity it has to be embraced whole-heartedly.

New scientific and technical discoveries may threaten not one's economic welfare or ideological persuasion but rather the “ psychic capital” invested in current scientific views— some involving one's own work— challenged implicitly or explicitly by a new report. Of course, the longer one has held views and invested energy in them, the more reluctant one may be to alter them. (Hook 2002) There have been many inventions that have made a pivotal contribution to the way we work and make a living.

Two important inventions that have made a sea change in the lives of millions of people are the widespread use of steam power in the early years of the 19th century and the increasing use of computers in the 1970s. The resistance to machines culminated in the 19th century in the Luddite rebellion and there is an ante-technology movement across the globe today and many people are joining the new bandwagon world over. Kirkpatrick Sale is the self-proclaimed Neo-Luddite and technology critic of modern times. He has written and lectured widely on the problems of our dependence on technology and fears a catastrophe might overtake mankind if we do not keep technology at a safer distance from our lives.

The Tyranny of Techno Culture Kirkpatrick Sale has churned out a myriad host of books all harping on the theme of the tyranny of techno culture. The deep contradiction in the technology-driven contemporary society is underlined in his works. The time-saving technologies of today have made time scarcer than ever. The leaps and bounds in the communication technology instead of providing time for communication have left us without time for anything even time to think.

The electronic media has not reduced the volume of printed material. The Internet has not decreased air-traffic nor has e-mail and fax reduced the use of the telephone.

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