I think this article does a good job of explaining the Amish attitude toward technology to "the English." A couple of the Commenters took offense at the the blogger's use of Geek to describe the Amish first adopters. I think it is an acceptable term and in no way diminishing of the Amish.
The blogger, Mr Kelly did lay out what he thought were a set of rules to describe how the Amish approach new technology:
- They are selective. They know how to say "no" and are not afraid to refuse new things. They ban more than they adopt.
- They evaluate new things by experience instead of by theory. They let the early adopters get their jollies by pioneering new stuff under watchful eyes.
- They have criteria by which to select choices: technologies must enhance family and community and distance themselves from the outside world.
- The choices are not individual, but communal. The community shapes and enforces technological direction.
Regards -- Cliff