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7th Feb '17 5:30:32 AM Drgonzo
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7th Feb '17 5:29:24 AM Drgonzo
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7th Feb '17 5:29:03 AM Drgonzo
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* To hear Calvin's dad in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' talk, you would think any form of technology was the devil's magic. He refuses to buy a VCR, having already gotten fed up with TV and radio, and when Calvin asks him about the internet in one strip late in the comic's run, Dad responds that "it's bad enough we have a telephone!"
7th Feb '17 5:23:45 AM Drgonzo
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* J.R.R. Tolkien was once recorded as saying that the most evil invention ever inflicted on man was the internal combustion engine. While he wasn't an outright Luddite, Tolkien did have a dislike of industrialization and mechanization. A lot of this had to do with his time serving in World War I, and seeing the first tanks and mechanized war machines. This comes across in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Literature"TheLordOfTheRings'' when he describes the war machines of Sauron and Morgoth, including one instance in the former work where the enemy employs what are clearly ''tanks!''

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* J.R.R. Tolkien was once recorded as saying that the most evil invention ever inflicted on man was the internal combustion engine. While he wasn't an outright Luddite, Tolkien did have a dislike of industrialization and mechanization. A lot of this had to do with his time serving in World War I, and seeing the first tanks and mechanized war machines. This comes across in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Literature"TheLordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' when he describes the war machines of Sauron and Morgoth, including one instance in the former work where the enemy employs what are clearly ''tanks!''
7th Feb '17 5:23:12 AM Drgonzo
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* J.R.R. Tolkien was once recorded as saying that the most evil invention ever inflicted on man was the internal combustion engine. While he wasn't an outright Luddite, Tolkien did have a dislike of industrialization and mechanization. A lot of this had to do with his time serving in World War I, and seeing the first tanks and mechanized war machines. This comes across in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Literature"TheLordOfTheRings'' when he describes the war machines of Sauron and Morgoth, including one instance in the former work where the enemy employs what are clearly ''tanks!''


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* When 3D printers became widely available, a number of "think of the children!" types began worrying someone would 3D print guns.
7th Feb '17 5:14:09 AM Drgonzo
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* The movable type printing press was decried as evil by some (mostly the church and rich nobles) because at the time, a formal education from hand copied books was something only rich nobles could afford. And since nobles were seen as God's favored at the time, books being made widely available to the peasantry was seen as defying the will of God.
7th Feb '17 5:03:03 AM Drgonzo
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* There for those who think that hand-scanning technology is the "mark of the beast" from the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Revelation]]. Some people even went so far as to suggest that ''barcodes on retail products'' were simply a trial version of the Mark.

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* There for those who think that hand-scanning technology is the "mark of the beast" from the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Revelation]]. Some people even went so far as to suggest Actually, since it's explicitly said in the book that ''barcodes one purpose of the mark is to control commerce, this has happened any time a major purchasing control is introduced, from credit cards to smartphones, at one point it was thought the barcodes on retail products'' were simply products was a trial version of run for the Mark.mark.
15th Dec '16 5:38:08 PM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' has this as a central premise. Something went seriously wrong in American society between the 30s and 60s, and television probably had a lot to do with it, and cars that could easily make long trips to neighboring towns. So after country starts unraveling the heroes forsake advanced technology, except military hardware, medicine and computers to let them hack the enemy. Though it's also kind of inconsistent since they create cold fusion and Tesla-style wireless power transfer.
23rd Sep '16 9:46:14 PM nombretomado
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** Likewise, the cutting edge appliances in the movie TheBraveLittleToaster aren't very nice, to say the least (they were in fact a big TakeThat to the 80s consumer culture).

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** Likewise, the cutting edge appliances in the movie TheBraveLittleToaster WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster aren't very nice, to say the least (they were in fact a big TakeThat to the 80s consumer culture).
18th Sep '16 7:42:15 PM nombretomado
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* ArchieComics has this as a standard plot where the characters get some new trendy tech and everything goes wrong with it with the characters' usual shticks until they ultimately reject it. If the tech in question stays around in real life for at least a decade, then it just becomes part of the background in the stories without comment. An example is the answering machine in the 1980s, which was the focus of a Veronica story which ends with her throwing it out and vowing to take all future calls personally, while now, that device is just a standard appliance all the characters have.

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* ArchieComics Franchise/ArchieComics has this as a standard plot where the characters get some new trendy tech and everything goes wrong with it with the characters' usual shticks until they ultimately reject it. If the tech in question stays around in real life for at least a decade, then it just becomes part of the background in the stories without comment. An example is the answering machine in the 1980s, which was the focus of a Veronica story which ends with her throwing it out and vowing to take all future calls personally, while now, that device is just a standard appliance all the characters have.
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