Impressive set of lectures on the societal implications of technology - broadly, from ancient metalworking to sewing machines to electrification to military industrial arms - from a feminist pacifist horizontalist perspective. Franklin highlights ways in which technical choices obscure moving from holistically artisan to hierarchical control, from biological growth and uncertainty to manufacturing's obliviousness to context, and the false claims of liberation or ease from the introduction of new tech which turns to exploitation and makes us dependent on industrial supply and control.
Reading for fun, threads over the years of scifi, history, social movements and justice, farming, philosophy. I actively work to balance out the white male default in what I read, but have a long way to go.
He/they for the praxis.
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The retreat of socialism from the factory to the academy — an astonishing phenomenon that cannot be justified by viewing “knowledge” as a technical force in society — has denied socialism the right to a decent internment by perpetuating it as a professionalized ideology.
A solarpunk world that has learned to be content and self-limiting, an unsatisfied uncertain monk who offers an ear to people's worries and exhaustions, on a charming journey seeking purpose beyond needs. A wholesome meditation on a positive future.
A warmly thoughtful and engaged family pulled in all directions as society's definition of "neurotypical" shifts beneath them. Seems YA in many respects, extent of conflicts and constrained depths.
Two complementary points framing Black Lives Matter: 1) riot is a political act, even school kids rebelling should be seen as political actors, and 2) in America since 1968 black riots have largely and persistently been a political response to above-the-ordinary cases of police oppression. In clear relatable re-countings of riots mostly on the periphery, Hinton places today's steady beat of police killings, riots, and further militarized and ganged violence from police maintaining white power in an unaddressed lineage, making the same unheard demands for reform, investment, and fairness all these years.
But incredible literature, depictions of its US setting and mentality and humor. It's perverse, but the real discomfort for me is the strong identification and visibility of misuse of human beings and selfish power in so many relationships.