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I'm not exactly a Luddite. And I generally don't consider myself a technophobe — though I have my moments. But I've always been something of a low-tech person. And I sometimes cringe at what seems to be an unquestioning embrace of technology and technological advances by America's mainstream culture. This embrace can be — and at times in our history, has been — dangerous, even deadly.

I'd also describe myself as someone who's habitually behind the curve regarding technological advances (as low-tech types tend to be, I suppose). Case in point: cell phones. I resisted getting a cell phone for a long, long time. And it also took me years to transition from flip-phone to smartphone. But I finally did, long after most of my friends, family, and colleagues had made the switch.

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