"They have perfected technologies that take over intellectual processes, that render the brain redundant. Or, as the former Google and Yahoo executive Marissa Mayer once argued, “You have to make words less human and more a piece of the machine.”
I did it. Quit Facebook. I had many personal reasons, but philosophically, what moved me was Aral Balkan’s critique based on cyborg ontology and theory of surveillance capitalism. This, combined with a vision for decentralized planetary democracy, combined also w/ @Rushkoff's point about it just not being nice to your friends to link them there (like poor hygiene, or knowingly spreading a disease) finally broke my inertia.
This article sums up the argument well: https://ar.al/notes/encouraging-individual-sovereignty-and-a-healthy-commons/ ~ @aral
Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare https://www.technologyreview.com/s/538866/the-social-network-illusion-that-tricks-your-mind/
Signal’s Moxie Marlinspike calls out Pavel Durov’s ‘Trump logic’ https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/18/signal-moxie-marlinspike-techcrunch-disrupt-sf-2017-telegram/
Finally finished "The New Jim Crow" (it was published in 2010); if you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it. Under the Trump/Sessions regime, all the core components of the racial caste system Michelle Alexander wrote about are being reinforced and extended.
If you've not read it yet, you may find my review/observations helpful:
A #commons transition plan for the city of Ghent (Belgium)
By Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation, research) and Yurek Onzia (project coordination)
If you're interested in #meditation, #writing, #art, and/or #flow states for productivity, #performance, and #mentalhealth in general, I invite you to join us on the Zoom #webinar...or watch the livestream on YouTube.
You can watch live and join the chat, if you so desire; or catch the recording, which will be posted after the event. Thanks for your Attention!
please remember to design for non-tech people. If your non-techy relative can't figure out how to use your thing, your thing will never get enough traction to actually change something, and it will always be the same 10 people joining every platform.
Excellent listen via #FutureThinkers
FTP044: David Orban on #Entrepreneurship in The 21st Century - http://futurethinkers.org/david-orban-entrepreneurship/
Feel a great weight lifting of my chest, as I finally decided—I mean, really DECIDED, all systems go—to delete (not just deactivate, but DELETE) my Facebook account. It feels so liberating....
I respect the 'bridge strategy', and the various ways people choose to construct and navigate their digital lives—but I'm putting my chips on the table (i.e., dedicating my real time, attention and energy; which I only have so much of, after all) for the open, cooperative web.
Beautiful vid on the Light and Space art of James Turrell.
Most people are fuzzy on the difference between state censorship and choosing not to give someone a platform.
To the question about which of the ~15 types of internet infrastructure providers should take responsibility in curtailing nazi propaganda, I say any/all of them who are operated by humans!
This isn't about free speech or regulation, it's about people (not governments or corporations) making a stand.
This topic might be a little out there for some folks, but I'd love to hear some new voices in the conversation.
Torus, Time-Space, and Themes of History: A Doughnutology?
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