“Lowtech” means technology that is cheap or free.
A lot of people say that new media is revolutionary. They say the net is anarchic and subversive. But how subversive can you be in an exclusive club, with a $1000 entrance fee?
Lowtech counters exclusivity. Lowtech is street level technology.
Text is great for communicating. Write down what you want to say. Make it clear and simple and non-exclusive.
Email is still the “killer app”. Fast, low cost global communication for the ordinary citizen is genuinely something new.
– James Wallbank, Lowtech Manifesto, 1999.