Posted: April 17th, 2021
While technological progress is generally considered a beneficial necessity, historically it has not always been met with open minds. Throughout history, technological change has often meant that traditional societal roles and means of existence are often completely transformed and/or eliminated altogether. Such was the case of the Luddites of the early 19th century who took to rebellion in an effort to maintain their way of life. Their motivations can be seen among similar groups today as modern technology attempts to simplify and automate our way of life. In this activity you will explore the existing and potential negative effects of technological change and how it has and will shape current society.
After reading a brief history on Luddism and Its Discontents and performing a brief internet search, answer the following:
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