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Babel: I am a Luddite who relies, every other moment, on technology.

By Pico Iyer   April 1999

I am the worst kind of modern being, though hardly an atypical one: a Luddite who relies, every other moment, on technology. I live 8,000 miles from my bosses, I communicate with my loved ones through international telephone lines and I get on a 747 every time I need to see the dentist. Yet inwardly I harbour all the superstitions which make me write (as I was trained to do) with pen and paper, turn for information to an old copy of the World Almanac instead of to the internet, and try as much as possible to live in a…

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