"Techies think distributed architecture leads to distributed power. But complexity makes users dependent on middle men. Social networks beat blogs because web hosting is too hard for most people. The path to decentralization is not distributed consensus algorithms it’s simplicity"
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. @iFixit joining @uspirg and @RepairCoalition for the first annual CES Worst in Show Awards. Join our judges as they discuss their picks for the the least secure, safe, repairable, and eco-friendly gadgets at #CES2021 this Friday at 9am PT: https://bit.ly/39uLE4r
I'm starting a series of interviews with co-op folks, to learn about their stories and the stories of their cooperatives.
My first convo is with @firstname.lastname@example.org, talking about his experiences with @WeCohere@twitter.com and @ZincCooperative@twitter.com.
Listen and read here: https://realcoopstories.org/zee-spencer-cohere-zinc-coop/
...To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”
― Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
architect Bruce Goff, "futuristic and folkloric" https://www.messynessychic.com/2018/10/03/how-an-untrained-architect-made-oklahoma-the-capital-of-kitsch/
Interesting article on time and work, esp. after reading Entreprecariat. Appreciate insulting the hunter's meat. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/01/james-suzman-work/617266/
England's Stir To Action "Alternative Futurisms" webinar linking "radical political organising, speculative literature, and design" 2/27/21 (if you're up at 2:30am PT... ) https://www.stirtoaction.com/webinars/creating-alternative-futurisms
@entreprecariat So not sure if it’s what you’re talking about or totally different, but this recent CalArts exhibit shows both of these strains in a mutant nutshell: https://www.redcat.org/exhibition/inside-out-upside-down-posters-calarts-1970-2019
@entreprecariat Though the politics seem identity-driven from your piece - based on individualism and biography, which is very familiar. I think neoliberalism is perhaps a sort of invisible OS for post-modernism that swept art + academia as they both rose in the 70s-90s. Along with individualist, "arty" design also become very market-compatible. The honeymoon ended with the rise of web 2.0 in the 2000s. The world got reduced to a screen and visual expression got small + atomized.
@entreprecariat I like your balanced vision of the Field. The ones best at being over/under-skilled individualists out the gate are often grifters. It seems to groom people for a meritocracy (exploit or deserve exploitation). The generalist director was traditionally someone older with lots of specialized and life experience to pull from who has cultivated holistic understandings. Grooming young students for that might make for insufferable elitists or crippling insecurity (or some mix).
In this text I condensed my reflections on a few years of involvement in (graphic) #design and design education. https://networkcultures.org/entreprecariat/no-problem-design/
@entreprecariat wow. As a gen-x designer trying to create a mundane digital design practice in a speculative economic reality who went to CalArts in the post-modern 90’s (Mister Keedy was my teacher), this brings up a lot. Being a designer, the thoughts are hard to put into words. 🙌 ✊
Richard Pryor making it as simple as possible but no simpler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-sCP_Vhnpk&t=7m36s
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