Neo-Luddism in the 21st Century?
Neo-Luddism is defined as a modern movement of opposition to specific or general technological development. Neo-Luddism is considered a contemporary version of Luddism that existed in the early 19th century. Though most people were and are still fairly excited about technological advancements, there will always be that particular person or group of people who have different views when it comes to technology.
Kalle Lasn is a self-described neo-Luddite social activist. He has produced many TV documentaries and also written books in which he focuses on how media technologies have polluted the “mental environment” and as well the physical earth.
“All of us somehow felt that the next battleground was going to be culture. We all felt somehow that our culture had been stolen from us – by commercial forces, by advertising agencies, by TV broadcasters. It felt like we were no longer singing our songs and telling stories, and generating our culture from the bottom up, but now we were somehow being spoon-fed this commercial culture [from the] top down.”
I cannot help but agree with this particular quote because what he says is true in regards of “singing our own songs”, but I am taking that in a literal sense. New songs that come out these days are not even new anymore, but old ones that are being recycled. Artists use music to express how they feel and what they think, but hasn’t that all been said before? Seems as if they are all singing about the same things instead of singing what is reality.