the luddite

In modern terms, a luddite is a technophobe. A person who fear or avoids new technology. With so many of us suckling on the teat of Twitter or Instagram or dare I say Facebook, we are regularly giving away our identity – our soul – to some invisible technology collective. How is there ever room for love? Especially for someone who is a luddite?

Listen as the sublime Simon Howard narrates, brilliantly bringing the ghost in the machine to life.


  1. I found this poem very entertaining. I met my partner of now five years on Facebook while I lived in Arkansas and he lived in Virginia, so if I had not given into the web, I would have missed out on the best thing to ever happen to me. Needless to say, I read your poem from a different perspective most people will.

  2. I’ve always wanted to write about the essence of social media, but never could find the right words. Now I don’t have to because you’ve captured it here. Well done.

  3. Wow, you have given words to today’s social media interactions, fears, friendly connections and as well as to spams. I loved the words ” Lascivious luddite”, Thanks for writing an amazing poem amazingly.
    Wishing you a happy, healthier and successful 2021.

  4. I don’t think I’m quite a luddite, but I am somewhat resistant to new technology. I’ve been that way since I was a kid. When DVDs came out, I said they wouldn’t last long bc VHS is so much better. xD But this is an interesting look at the opposing minds when it comes to the digital age. How it affects us, I mean.

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