Lying in bed with Marcus Aurelius and Mahatma Gandhi, thinking about work
Gatekeepers of opportunity and the lottery of privilege
📣 Calling all educators, activists, journalist, scientists, neighbors, friends, and internet users.
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/mozillafestival/status/1318186918920753153
@dajbelshaw I had some ideas about drone defences here: https://mastodon.host/@_1751015/104468100658891813
The state of professional social networking: a personal history
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed
Biometric surveillance in a post-pandemic future
Ethics is the result of the human will
Even while a thing is in the act of coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be
We all think we are exceptional, and are surprised to find ourselves criticised just like anyone else
Had follow-up call and I have to say it went better than I expected. A couple of weeks ago, I withdrew from the process with a company I have great respect for because all they talked about was growth and profit.
🤔 Hmmm... was expecting red flags and there haven't been any yet with this company.
Something about capitalism that particularly grinds my gears is when corporations make threats to their business model illegal through shit like DRM and anti-piracy laws, halting egalitarian technological progress through the coercive force of the state.
We could all have full control of the technology we're sold and the information we have, for sharing, repairing and improving, with our current technology. The law and the interests of those in power are holding us back as much as old monarchs who tried banning the printing press for undermining their stranglehold on knowledge.
We could live in a world where technology serves us and not someone in a position of power, and where knowledge is freely available to everyone regardless of status, but capitalism, the state, and hierarchical debt arrangements which depend on coercion hold us back.
So fuck this shit, become a pirate and practice radical mutual aid with your favorite and most needful creators supporting them directly.
If people just wait for the next DRM, the next antipiracy crackdown, etc instead of taking a social analysis with a stated ideal position and seeking it, then we're always on the back-foot trying to regather support for every slightly rehashed attack on autonomy. It is reactionary, and for every step forward there are two steps back. Take a position with a stated end goal and a way to identify threats to autonomy within an ideological framework before they have a chance to take hold, and we begin to have real power.
I want a society which doesn't embed social hierarchies in the operation of machines and seeks an egalitarian universal right to information for all. Not just another fight against new DRM laws.
"Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it." (Epictetus)
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