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Concerning Steve Jobs and Wendell Berry

In contrast to the remarkable work of the late Steve Jobs, the equally remarkable Wendell Berry, still creating as a wordsmith and as a farmer on his small farm in Henry County, Kentucky, takes a different stance on technology in general and specifically on the computer in his 1987 essay, “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer,” a promise that he has kept these last 24 years. 

In this essay, as in the rest of his prose, Berry does not mince words: He writes, “I do not admire the computer manufacturers a great deal more than I admire the energy industries.  I have seen their advertisements, attempting to seduce failing or struggling farmers into the belief that they can solve their problems by buying yet another piece of expensive equipment.”

via murrayledger.com


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