The E-book Skeptic
The Luddite Factor

A Luddite is someone who opposes technological progress. The American Heritage Dictionary defines progress as "steady improvement, as of a society or civilization."

Is it an "improvement" if people come away from their reading with a more superficial understanding of what they have read? If people end up with a more superficial understanding of their world? 

In Alan Lightman's essay, "Prisoners of the Wired World." (the last chapter in his book A Sense of the Mysterious), Lightman recalls a conversation with his MIT colleague Leo Marx during which they discuss the transformation of technology in the nineteenth century:

"Technology went from a means to humanitarian progress to an end in itself. The idea of progress, which had once meant an improvement in the human condition, became equated directly with technology. Progress was technology, technology was progress."