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Hello all!

This is the inaugural toot for our casual/informal Mastodon anarchist book club! Welcome!

We will be sharing toots of book recommendations complete with links to find/purchase/download these books, so pay close attention to this account and our updates.

We're open to hearing your fiction AND non-fiction recommendations - special emphasis on anarchist, anti-authoritarian literature encouraged. Toot toot! Here we go. 📚

"Once we understand that our relationship to technology is not one of master/butler but cyborg/organ; once we understand that we extend our selves with technology and that our technology and data lie within the boundaries of the self, then we must insist that the constitutional protections of the self that we have enshrined within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and implemented within our myriad of national laws are extended to protect the cyborg self."

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"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.”

No matter how you slice it, this is what looks like in the XXI century. The best part? There's still people out there who believe is the enemy of free people...

theguardian.com/technology/201

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: ar.al/notes/encouraging-indivi ~ @aral

Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare technologyreview.com/s/538866/

Nice find at the Tiny Free Library at 6th & Main in . (Note the cigarette burn on the cover; it's like found art.)
social.coop/media/6tDW-J0PgDnw

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:
lib.reviews/review/ff2cebbd-61

I'm going live to talk about audio brainwave entrainment and with Doug Prater of iAwake Technologies, in ~30 minutes.

If you're interested in , , , and/or states for productivity, , and in general, I invite you to join us on the Zoom ...or watch the livestream on YouTube.

infiniteconversations.fm/episo

I'm developing a new series of live podcasts which will explore themes at the intersection of and . First talk tomorrow is with Doug Prater of iAwake Technologies.

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!

infiniteconversations.fm/episo

Dear folks (especially leftist tech folks who want to stir up the tech sector and get ppl interested in , , , etc),

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.

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.

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.

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