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May 28, 2011

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Doug T.

Well, of course, this is just a variation on Marx's theory of alienation, which dates back to 1844, and probably has earlier antecedents.

Charlotte Bronte's 1849 Shirley, which is set during the Luddite riots, also addresses this theme.

Another popular variation of this cliche is that technology is making us all stupid in some way or another (illiterate, or mass attention-deficit-disorder, etc.) I personally heard this complaint as early as the 1970s, when personal calculators were supposedly destroying the nation's mathematical skills.

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