I just realized what a bunch of imperialistic pricks we sound like right now. X)
I imagine the only reason we would go out of our way to assimilate them was if there was a damn good reason, and I can't think of any off the top of my head. So, they'll stay the way they are for the foreseeable future.
I think I just got an excellent idea for a story premise.
We follow the lives of a couple characters in an Amish settlement. Life is normal and dull for them, they toil away constantly, and tourists from the outside frequently visit their society and generally give them a hard time.
BUT ONE DAY... someone notices that the inflow of tourists has stopped in the last couple of days, and once everyone realizes that they're all suddenly very worried. Later on, some strange things happen: distant glows and humming sounds, a constant feeling they're being watched, etc.
Then come daemon sightings. Strange, shapeless, ethereal beings that can occasionally be spotted around corners and behind trees, if only for less than a second. In one instance, a daemon actually makes contact with one of the characters, and tries to deceive him/her. Every time a daemon is witnessed the experience is even weirder than the last. The village is thoroughly convinced the end of the world has come upon them, so they try to adopt a more nomadic lifestyle.
Over the course of the story we gather clues here and there about what happened to the outsiders, and I think you guys already know.
The book/series/movie would have a horror-ish tone to it.
Of course, I know technology isn't evil, and that's not the message of the story, but it would be more about primitive people coping with a radical change to the world that they couldn't even begin to understand. I think it would be very cool. I humbly request that someone make this happen.
Edited by EVanimations, 17 August 2012 - 07:23 PM.