This of course is totally predictable and of no surprise to us anti-techers. In a nutshell, the technological system is creating a life which is more and more nightmarish that more and more people want to escape from. Of course, the situation is more complex than that, and there are very specific reasons why technological progress BY ITSELF is CAUSING increasing rates of depression, escapism, and despair --mostly rooted in the biological fact that technology is creating conditions which are radically different from those in which humans evolved in over the course of millions of years. I'll say more about this in the future, but I invite others to comment.
On of the most crucial jobs of an anti-tech movement will be to show people how technological progress and human misery are linked, despite all the education and propaganda and "common sense" (i.e. the "standard of living" mythology) that people receive from the powerful technology-wielding elite sectors of society to convince them otherwise.
I encourage others on this forum to read through a majority of comments to this article in the comment section and analyse what the prevailing belief systems are for this rise in misery--exactly what the different reasons are that are leveled for this increase. Arguments can then be then crafted that address why their are erroneous or incomplete, for an anti-tech perspective.
Beyond the deaths tallied - successful suicides - there are all the attempts, and other escapes from living in the 'splendor' of the Anthropocene modernity: addictions and nihilistic/hedonistic abandon and psychotic homicidal sprees.
I might be mistaken here, as the Wikipedia for the 2006 documentary "The Bridge" mentions only one surviving jumper, but I recall four or so survivors who leapt from the Golden Gate in San Francisco; they all said that as soon as they began to fall they regretted it, they didn't want to die. To me this speaks to the inducement of suicide by external conditions. I also can't imagine Nature-based small-society people being depressed or suicidal, any more than dogs or bonobos or dolphins are suicidal.
Admin: Hey, we have just got everything in order and are inviting people to join our website. Welcome to all new members!
Jan 9, 2019 8:09:53 GMT
Kot: Looking forward to the first Newsletter
Jan 10, 2019 1:07:07 GMT
whynot555: I have received the letter and salute you ;-)
Jan 22, 2019 12:43:54 GMT
whynot555: Hi ! I have received the letter... so I salute you admins (and others) ;-)
Jan 22, 2019 12:44:54 GMT
autonomousfuture: 100% - definitely hyped to see what the newsletter will say.
Jan 22, 2019 19:49:15 GMT
Kot!: Another wave of folk, neat.
Jan 23, 2019 13:29:22 GMT
Admin: Hey all! Feel free to introduce yourself in the Introduce yourself thread. It isn't mandatory but encouraged as it creates a more close community on this website.
Feb 17, 2019 10:47:43 GMT
kg: Hi! New here. I always felt there was a strong connection between aggression and depression AND lack of public natural spaces (i.e. public parks) and an increase in technological dependency. Thoughts or articles on this, anyone?
Apr 2, 2019 3:43:04 GMT
kot: Incase the person is here who constantly makes Ted Kaczynski threads on 4chan /pol/ and /lit/. Please stop it.
May 19, 2019 19:59:08 GMT