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The question of whether volcanoes are Luddites is relative. A student of mine was fond of pointing out that in her native country of Peru, earthquakes are part of life’s routine and are not seen as emergencies or catastrophes at all.
Over the past week I have been surprised not just by the spectacle of disaster we have seen in the news but by the robustness of technological systems, in the sense of networks of actors and technologies and objects.
The volcano in Iceland has stopped hundreds of thousands of flights. Many people have had to stop, change their plans, look into other ways of communicating, improvise, and explore different ways of moving around - or indeed have been forced to not move around.

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