4.29.2003

Ludderati Weblog

Langdon Winner, a genuine member of the Ludderati, now has a weblog: Technopolis.

Described as:
Technopolis, a weblog by Langdon Winner, offers occasional reflections on historical,
philosophical, and contemporary questions that involve the perplexing intersection of
human ends and means. Not a minute-to-minute news blog, it includes stories, poems,
personal observations, and scholarly references posted every now and then, but at least
every two weeks.

4.25.2003

Oversway The World

Here's a poem by Wendell Berry (from "A Timbered Choir") written during our
previous Gulf War, but timely and true also for today... - Ned)

1991 - I

The year begins with war.
Our bombs fall day and night,
Hour after hour, by death
Abroad appeasing wrath,
Folly, and greed at home.
Upon our giddy tower
We'd oversway the world.
Our hate comes down to kill
Those whom we do not see.
For we have given up
Our sight to those in power
And to machines, and now
Are blind to all the world.
This is a nation where
No lovely thing can last.
We trample, gouge, and blast;
The people leave the land;
The land flows to the sea.
Fine men and women die,
The fine old houses fall,
The fine old trees come down:
Highway and shopping mall
Still guarantee the right
And liberty to be
A peaceful murderer,
A murderous worshipper,
A slender glutton, or
A healthy whore. Forgiving
No enemy, forgiven
By none, we live the death
Of liberty, become
What we have feared to be.

4.15.2003

Early Days of a Better Nation

Ken MacLeod's blog.
My views on the war:

I opposed it before it started and will continue to do so even if WMD are found and/or the
US and UK troops are welcomed into Baghdad by cheering crowds. WMD and the iniquitous and
unpopular nature of the Ba'athist regime (which I've opposed as long as I've been
politically active, i.e. since 1976) are not the real issues in the war. The real issues
are the attempt to set up a regime which is compliant with the US; that is, to secure US
control over the second largest oil reserves in the world, and to have forces in place for
when the welcome day when the House of Saud is in Switzerland or on the lamp-posts of
Riyadh. Control of oil, and strategic interest: that's what it's about, and that's
imperialism.

4.02.2003

Wartime Luddite

TECHSPLOITATION: Wartime Luddite
By Annalee Newitz, AlterNet
March 25, 2003
Children of Dune made me wish we had no thinking machines in our battles.
If we have to make war, it would be better for us to fight like Luddites. It's too easy to
unplug our ethics when machines target our enemies for us. Having to see the enemy,
to realize that he or she is human, is profoundly important. It reminds us that every war
is a battle against ourselves: a struggle against human horrors. Placing our bodies in
combat reminds us -- soldiers and comrades of soldiers alike -- that war is a sacrifice.