Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer: Essays

May 4, 2021
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer: Essays

A brief meditation on the role of technology in his ownlife and how it has changed the landscape of the United States from"America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living"(Chicago Tribune)."A number of people, by now, have told me that I couldgreatly improve things by buying a computer. My answer is that I amnot going to do it. I have several reasons, and they are goodones."Wendell Berry first challenged the idea that our advancedtechnological age is a good thing when he penned "Why I Am NotGoing to Buy a Computer" in the late 1980s for Harper'sMagazine, galvanizing a critical reaction eclipsing any themagazine had seen before. He followed by responding with "Feminism,the Body, and the Machine." Both essays are collected in one shortvolume for the first time.