A Neo-Luddite on the Internet

Himmelfarb, Gertrude. "A Neo-Luddite on the Internet." Prospect Magazine. December, 1996.


On the subject of our latest technological revolution, cyberspace, I am a neo-Luddite. Not a true Luddite; my Luddism is qualified, compromised. I revel in the word-processor; I am grateful for computerised library catalogues; I appreciate the convenience of CD-Roms; and I concede the usefulness of the internet for retrieving information and conducting research. But I am disturbed by some aspects of the new technology-not merely by the much-discussed moral problems raised by cybersex, but also by the new technology’s impact on learning and scholarship.


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