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#193572 10/21/10 03:34 PM
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The application of the term "luddite" appears to be losing it's significance and validity. Where it used to be frowned upon in "modern society" to shun the adoption of newer technology in place of things like wood stoves and ice boxes, these days it seems more prudent to hold off on buying that new cell phone until one can be sure that it won't be replaced by something better the following week, or that you suddenly don't have the latest cell-phone virus taking control of your life. There's also the concern about losing the ability to add two numbers together in your head without having to resort to the built-in calculator.

In light of this, I would like to suggest an antonym for luddite; how about "clone" describing those who happily try out anything the market can give them, regardless of how it can potentially compromise their own freedom or ability to reason.

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WELCOME ROB F.


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Thanks Luke. Great to be among others with the "word bug".

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Welcome Rob F,

I like your idea about the need for an antonym for luddite. I suppose the condition of clone could be called TAD for technology addiction disorder.

I however like to play pranks. I have deliberately kept a functioning dial phone in my house. It's fun to watch the twenty-something friends of my children stare at it wondering what to do when they ask to use the phone. I laughingly call it retro-tech.

They also have difficulty relating to time expressions such as a quarter past seven or half eight and twenty to nine. They need to speak in digital time.

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In a related way, perhaps, texting could be retro as well.
We had telegraph and it was replaced by actual voices
on a telephone. Now it is going in a reverse fashion.


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I love all the above points and especially TAD suggestion from Kah...

I find people are still afraid of using new technology and unwilling to give it a go. Well that's in the work place and usually there is someone else who is more than happy to do it for them.

I myself like nothing more, than on my days off work....leaving my mobile switched off. I enjoy the peace.

But I get very upset when my computer/internet is not working, due to poor reception (its mobile wireless).

Guess I'm a 'fence sitter', as far as technology is concerned.

luddite.....just sounds like an insult, when said out loud.


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I really like the Technology Addiction Disorder, too.
Well said!

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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
I really like the Technology Addiction Disorder, too.
Well said!


that's only if you want your insurance to pay for the therapy...


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True!
But what's one more addiction. I understand there are
now over 125 selfhelp programs based on the 12 steps
of AA. I can only imagine how many the AMA recognizes
and which insurance will pay to cure/recover.


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I'm really enjoying the direction of this thread.

TAD may work. Tadaholics? TAA?

There's always someone in the office or "org" that is happy to be on the "bleeding" edge of the tech market. I worked years for a manager who was and probably still is like this. His contributions to the knowledge base of what is useful and what is garbage was definitely under-acknowledged.

Technology has it's place, but I too find myself switching off of the "matrix" every once in a while.

Good dial-phone anecdote. I hadn't realized that the tech-dependency has become this severe or obvious.

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