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Picasso... and social reform in art education

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Daniella Ramos Barroqueiro (barroque)
Fri, 1 Mar 1996 22:49:23 -0600

On Thu, 29 Feb Teri wrote:

Subject: Re: Beware the Luddites!!

Thanks for asking about the Luddites. This is one of my favorite pieces of
history relating to technology. The term refers to a group of English workmen
who, worried about their jobs, from 1811 to 1816 tried to prevent the advent
of machinery in factories by burning and destroying the machines. The
movement was named after one of the group--a man named Ned Lud (who was
thought to be a little strange). Of course they failed to prevent the
Industrial Revolution and while some suffered from the changes others reaped
tremendous benefits.
When I used the term, I was comparing those who refuse to learn about new
technology with the Luddites. Change will come--we cannot stop it. We can
learn from it and benefit from it or be left behind.
I have heard a few comments about mistrusting technology. This is all the
more reason to be knowledgable about it!!!

Thanks for writing! It was a pleasure to share this story with you.
Teri Brudnak

P.S. You might want to check out the silent film "Metropolis"
It concerns workers and their machines and their struggle with the masters of
the technology. I showed it to my Jewelry students (who are fabricating some
amazing robots!) as both an inspiring source of design and for the theme of
the Industrial Revolution class struggles.

Thanks! What an interesting story. I am excited to use my new vocabulary
word! I think that I will check out that movie. My fiance' and I LOVE
silent films. Our favorites are the humorous ones,of course. (Especially
Buster K.)