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It's true the Myth of Progress fails us as we face anthropocene, and christian eschatology won't help us either. We need a myth that helps us navigate it.

Anna Tsing suggests Precarity.

Gone is Progress, with Individuals operating under Hierarchy
Welcome to Precarity, with Cyborgs operating under Assemblages

Below are some quotes from the book 'The Mushroom at the End of the World'.

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How do we retain agency in a world heavily mediated by corporations?

How do we know our cognitive resources (attention, trust, hopes) are not being allocated to the highest bidder in the marketplace, in units too subtle for us to perceive?

A future of hive-mind slavery at least provides for basic needs. We'd be free agents, alienated and alienating others.

We must devote our minds to it.

That’s because dossiers on billions of people hold the power to wreak almost unimaginable harm, and yet, each dossier brings in just a few dollars a year. For commercial surveillance to be cost effective, it has to socialize all the risks associated with mass surveillance and privatize all the gains.

Reclaiming RSS

“Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication … As we move away from the centralised web to the peer web, it’s time to rediscover, re-embrace, and reclaim RSS.”


And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:
You ditch it all to stay alive,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Don't fuck it up, TV.

And by that I mean don't make characters white (or light-skinned) by default, when race is not explicitly told in the story.

Movie and TV adaptations have a COMPULSION of making characters white and thin and young.

The feminist movement should thus be skeptical of approaches to gender justice that rely on or further empower the police or immigration controls.

Carceral feminism focuses on policing and criminalisation as the key ways to deliver justice to women.

I found a guy on tumblr who exclusively draws art of marx and engles as anime boyfriends

My gender is... *squints at teleprompter* squinting at a teleprompter???

Using country-by-country reporting data the global profits of multinational tech companies should be apportioned to countries based on where their customers, staff and assets are, weighted to customers

The future is not a choice between one kind of monopoly and another: it's a choice between monopoly and anti-monopoly. The choice between surveillance and walled gardens is no choice at all (and, in the case of Facebook, you get two horrors for the price of one).

Now I'm thinking of a BDSM party called "Your Body My Rules".

Becoming imperceptible
Becoming illegible to algorithms
Evading imperial cognitive appendages

We should stop with left and right false binary.

The real binary is between those who want protect and expand the concept of humanity, and those who want to shrink it.

a) algorithms accelerate bias because trapped in a positive feedback loop with society and its use should be discouraged.
b) algorithms were weaponized by ethno-nationalist groups and its use should be discouraged.

as long as they stay the fuck out of my way, i could really give a fuck about some company having a fediverse account. i see it as a positive, honestly.

i mean, if you think about it, isn’t that basically what switter is?

Truly excellent document on how #Maori people handle #data in a culturally sensitive way. So much in this for all of us to reflect upon!

Maori Data Sovereignty [PDF]

If you're on the birdsite check out @MaoriDSov @peterlucasjones and @mahelona because they truly freaking rock!!