Comments: In the Bubble (bottom up)


Actually, the luddites were not against technology per se, but rather the use of technology to supplant the power of the bosses and eliminate jobs and self-determination of workers. They were very concerned with the way technology was being developed and in whose interest. Not against innovation as a whole, but perhaps evolutionary in the sense of fighting to create a different path for it, on that didn't demand or suggest that workers be subordinated to technology and treated like machines.
the best cite I know for this is David Noble. His book is Progress without People:A Defense of Luddism.. there's an article or 2 but I can't place it at the moment.

so it's not wholly inconsisten with Thackera as you present him, but perhaps more directly political... not about human (vs. inhuman?) scale, but more about the idea that techonology/design is not a neutral process, but rather can serve the aims of different classes, different humans, against other humans.

(incidentally, the "Diggers" in england were similar, they were not resisting the supposedly innovative enclosure, but rather wanted to change the kind of ownership system that was being enforced by the state (against the commons) and be free to innovate in their own way on the land)