Low-Tech Magazine


Low-tech Magazine refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution. A simple, sensible, but nevertheless controversial message; high-tech has become the idol of our society.

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This magazine is a pleasure to read! There is a lot of information here on older technologies and how they might not be as obsolete as we think. There’s also a healthy re-examination of energy production. I’ll have more to say on the implementation of some of these ideas later. For now, the impact on Indian Country is potentially enormous. Focus on decentralized production of renewable heat energy, NOT on electricity!

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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2 Responses to Low-Tech Magazine

  1. seedofjapheth says:

    We have a huge problem with techno-fetishism in modern America. If people are so fascinated with mindless technological progress they seem to be attempting to fill some sort of emptiness in their life. People in the USA don’t approach technology in terms of thinking about a problem that needs to be solved when it comes to trying to make new technology. Instead they approach technology in terms of thinking about a piece of technology to make that creates a need we never had.

    • Vince says:

      Agreed. It’s to the point where many people are forgoing a very comfortable, stress free life in order to maintain increasingly more expensive cars & gadgets as well as all the other consumer goods that come along with a consumption focused society. I’ve resisted doubling my communications expenditure by not purchasing a smart phone + a data plan. I have a laptop. I have internet. I have a phone. Do I also need a 4g connection to a wireless device? And that’s just the trendier example.

      Another place this line of thinking rears its ugly head is in energy. I’ve been looking into solar concentrators as simple devices that provide free thermal energy (and thus mechanical energy with efficiency loss and thus electricity with even more efficiency loss) with negligible variable costs. The critique of this source of power is that it is unavailable on cloudy days. So what? I grew up in Juneau, where it rains 225 days a year. Still, that’s about 100 days a year that I can melt aluminum for free. Or 100 days of free hot water that I can use in industrial processes. Or 100 days of mechanical energy to run a small workshop. Fuck it. I’ll only work 100 days a year, spend 50 days a year hunting & fishing, and the rest of it I’ll just kick back, relax, and laugh at all the people grinding it 9-5 to service the debt they’ve accumulated to buy all their crap.

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