The Original Luddite
We all have one: the friend who refuses to take part in social media, has only a landline, shuns digital cameras, the Mp3, and just about anything else with a computer chip. The hearty souls who refuse such technologies tend to inspire a lot of eye-rolling – with a measure of respect. For the rest of us, choosing the life of a Luddite hardly seems like an option. The history of the term “Luddite”, and the man for which it was coined is a surprisingly violent one, tracing back to the late 18th century. Morgan Meis is a freelance writer and editor at “Three Quarks Daily." Recently, he wrote about the original Luddite, Ned Ludd, and he joins us to tell us more.