Kelly and Sale: Persuasive Or Pointless? Essay

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Kelly and Sale: Persuasive Or Pointless?

Unarguably, since technology has been introduced, it has had profound effects, permeating not only onto society, but our entire ecological system. To categorize the effects of technology as predominantly beneficial or detrimental, as Kevin Kelly and Kirkpatrick Sale claim in their interview, is difficult. "Interview With The Luddite" captures and vividly illustrates their seemingly pointless and underdeveloped ideas. Kelly, protechnology, and Sale, a contemporary neo-Luddite, discuss many technological issues, including the automation of the labor force, oral tradition, literacy, and civilization. Later, they go on to present often radical and unrealistic solutions to the issues. While at
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This draws doubt to the real intentions of Sale in the interview. With regards to Kelly, if his intentions were also to persuade, it seems hardly beneficial to appeal to an audience who already has the same opinions as him. In essence, while the audience of Wired is clearly intrigued by technological issues, why didn't Kelly and Sales choose to have their discussion in a forum with an undecided audience. With this in mind, it seems hardly believable that the true intentions of Kelly and Sale were to persuade anyone. If it was, they were hardly convincing in accomplishing this goal. Instead, it seems their intentions were much more selfservient and undeveloped. Since they hardly listen to each other, the interview seemed to be a forum for self convincing and publicity. This is well exemplified in the destruction of the computer by Sale.

Another notably important grammatical yet figurative factor is the title of the interview, "Interview With The Luddite." While the use of THE Luddite may seem initially insignificant, it has some important connotations. Specifically, I observe Kelly's use of THE as a way to denote both Sale and his claims. By portraying Sale as the lone existing Luddite, Kelly trivializes Sale's beliefs as hardly credible or worth any consideration by a potentially concurrent audience. In addition, Kelly also portrays Sales as an outsider, namely insinuating us, protechnology, and him, the lone neo-Luddite. In essence, before the interview even

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