The Imitation of Christ

Faith in technology is one of the central tenets of the modern age.  Becausetechnological development is equated with progress, the technological world-view has been adopted by virtually every ideology and political regime the world over.  All technology is good; more is better.  Those who criticize this orthodoxy are seen as delusional or, worse, as dangerous.  Speaking against technology is heresy.  Thus, whenever antitechnological ideas and social movements take shape, they are ridiculed by the intelligentsia and often ruthlessly suppressed by governments.  Still, the rage against the machine has had a long intellectual and political tradition.  Since the Industrial Revolution, these ideas have been articulated and even developed into something of a coherent corpus.  Today, despite the increasing spread of technology, they are as alive as ever.  Against the Machine traces the origins of these ideas as they developed in the West over the last 200 years among artists, philosophers, and writers.

Nicols Fox is a veteran journalist and author who has written largely about the food industry and food-borne diseases.  Her foray into the history of antitechnology was sparked by her own frustrations with technology and an awareness of the growing debate over its detrimental social and psychological consequences.  Modern societies are characterized by anger, cynicism, and “stress,”...

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