MachineMachine /stream - tagged with politics https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[How Memes, Lulz, and "Ironic" Bigotry Won the Internet - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/09/how-memes-lulz-and-ironic-bigotry-won-internet/616427/

In the 2010s, Hitler memes and “ironic” racism filled the internet. What if we had taken them seriously? Updated at 4:00 a.m. ET on Oct. 4, 2020.

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Sat, 10 Oct 2020 00:13:36 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/09/how-memes-lulz-and-ironic-bigotry-won-internet/616427/
<![CDATA[Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/

Parag Khanna is the author of Connectography (2016) and The Future is Asian (2019). Michael Ferrari is managing partner at Atlas Research Innovations and a senior fellow at the Wharton School.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:50 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/
<![CDATA[Critical Designer, Activist Engineer: Making Things and Making Things Happen]]> https://aplusa.org/courses/critical-designer-slash-activist-engineer/

What happens when design and engineering research results in activism, human rights work, politics, or matters of equity and justice? Engineers and designers are often thought of as “problem-solvers” in mostly technical, practical, and formal senses. But this class explores the equally compelling history of engineering and design projects that raise difficult questions, aid marginalized communities, address urgent social issues, or create new social conditions.We’ll talk to designers, artists, and engineers who work on issues of sustainability, power, health, education, and more. And we’ll run our own experiments in creative design work for the public good. The class includes significant reading, field trip(s) and guest lectures, short experiments, and a culminating project.We want you to witness and be inspired by the exciting, expansive fields of what are variously called social design, engineering for the public good, socially engaged art practices, and many other names. However, we also want you to be well versed in the many, many pitfalls of so-called “activist” work with technology—when it’s under-informed, poorly researched, focused on form and not on substance, it risks not only being ineffective, but can lead to actual harm. We take this risk seriously, so this course will have you mostly listening, learning, listening and learning some more, and, finally proposing—not carrying out fully-fledged projects in one semester. Trust us on this: We can have fun and be at play with ideas while also operating with due diligence as socially-minded engineers and designers. Humility and questions are your trusty companions here, your true north. We want to help you to lay a foundation; you will have many, many future opportunities to build the house.

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Wed, 09 Sep 2020 03:59:27 -0700 https://aplusa.org/courses/critical-designer-slash-activist-engineer/
<![CDATA[Capitalist Catastrophism | ROAR Magazine]]> https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/

Is Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” this generation’s “end of history thesis”? For nearly thirty years Francis Fukuyama’s contention that “Western liberal democracy” represents “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” has measured the ebb and flow of history.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:13:11 -0700 https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/
<![CDATA[Opinion | They Want Your Attention. Don’t Give It to Them. - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/opinion/cancel-culture.html

We need to be more disciplined about feeding the trolls. Last year, I wrote a column about the U.S. World Cup team and the unexpected lesson it taught us on its march to world domination: Our greatest weapon is our attention and how we choose to wield it.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2020 12:13:15 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/opinion/cancel-culture.html
<![CDATA[Cancel Culture and the Problem of Woke Capitalism - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/

Beware splashy corporate gestures when they leave existing power structures intact. Tumbrels are rattling through the streets of the internet. Over the past few years, online-led social movements have deposed gropers, exposed bullies—and, sometimes, ruined the lives of the innocent.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2020 02:13:28 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/
<![CDATA[The Conspiracy Singularity Has Arrived]]> https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived

The document was a single, bright red sheet of paper, crowded with close-set black type. Different kinds of lines and arrows connected in wild formulations, linking George Soros with the Illuminati, various stars of the UFO community with their alleged handlers, the CIA with Alex Jones.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2020 02:13:27 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived
<![CDATA[Cancel Culture and the Problem of Woke Capitalism - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/

Beware splashy corporate gestures when they leave existing power structures intact. Tumbrels are rattling through the streets of the internet. Over the past few years, online-led social movements have deposed gropers, exposed bullies—and, sometimes, ruined the lives of the innocent.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2020 22:13:28 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/
<![CDATA[The Conspiracy Singularity Has Arrived]]> https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived

The document was a single, bright red sheet of paper, crowded with close-set black type. Different kinds of lines and arrows connected in wild formulations, linking George Soros with the Illuminati, various stars of the UFO community with their alleged handlers, the CIA with Alex Jones.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2020 22:13:27 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived
<![CDATA[Revolution or Ruin - Journal #110 June 2020 - e-flux]]> https://www.e-flux.com/journal/110/335242/revolution-or-ruin/

We know how the first paragraph begins. We’ve read about the changing climate for over twenty years, infrequently at first and then daily until we couldn’t deny it any longer. The world is burning. The oceans are heating up and acidifying. Species are dying in the Sixth Great Extinction.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:13:16 -0700 https://www.e-flux.com/journal/110/335242/revolution-or-ruin/
<![CDATA[‘Collapse of civilisation is the most likely outcome’: top climate scientists – Voice of Action]]> https://voiceofaction.org/collapse-of-civilisation-is-the-most-likely-outcome-top-climate-scientists/

Australia’s top climate scientist says “we are already deep into the trajectory towards collapse” of civilisation, which may now be inevitable because 9 of the 15 known global climate tipping points that regulate the state of the planet have been activated.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:13:15 -0700 https://voiceofaction.org/collapse-of-civilisation-is-the-most-likely-outcome-top-climate-scientists/
<![CDATA[Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto – Indigenous Action Media]]> http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/

Why can we imagine the ending of the world, yet not the ending of colonialism? We live the future of a past that is not our own. It is a history of utopian fantasies and apocalyptic idealization.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:38 -0700 http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/
<![CDATA[In Solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-hub]]> http://custodians.online

In Antoine de Saint Exupéry's tale the Little Prince meets a businessman who accumulates stars with the sole purpose of being able to buy more stars. The Little Prince is perplexed. He owns only a flower, which he waters every day. Three volcanoes, which he cleans every week.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:13:13 -0700 http://custodians.online
<![CDATA[Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto – Indigenous Action Media]]> http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/

Why can we imagine the ending of the world, yet not the ending of colonialism? We live the future of a past that is not our own. It is a history of utopian fantasies and apocalyptic idealization.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:50:18 -0700 http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/
<![CDATA[Black Revolutionaries in the United States | communists in situ]]> https://cominsitu.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/black-revolutionaries-in-the-united-states/

Communist Interventions  Vol. 2  (2016) Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:59:15 -0700 https://cominsitu.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/black-revolutionaries-in-the-united-states/
<![CDATA[QAnon Is More Important Than You Think - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/

American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase. If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell. You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler’s plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street.

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Fri, 22 May 2020 13:13:04 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/
<![CDATA[QAnon Is More Important Than You Think - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/

American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase. If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell. You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler’s plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street.

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Fri, 22 May 2020 06:13:04 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/
<![CDATA[The Coronavirus Is Much Worse Than You Think | Psychology Today]]> https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/202002/the-coronavirus-is-much-worse-you-think

Ask yourself the following: Would you feel confident taking an over-the-counter medication if you were 98 percent sure it would work safely? Would you dare to gamble all your savings in a one-off scheme in which you had a 98 percent chance of losing it all? The coronavirus is a similar no-brainer.

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Sun, 01 Mar 2020 19:17:23 -0800 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/202002/the-coronavirus-is-much-worse-you-think
<![CDATA[Decolonising Utopia Resource List – Utopian Acts]]> https://utopia.ac/resources/decolonisation/

This collection of resources is a collaborative effort which came out of the Utopian Studies Conference 2019 held at Monash University in Prato, Italy.

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Wed, 29 Jan 2020 06:51:04 -0800 https://utopia.ac/resources/decolonisation/
<![CDATA[White Supremacy and Artificial Intelligence - Yes! Magazine]]> https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2019/08/29/technology-racism-artificial-intelligence-white-supremacy/

In her new book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, Ruha Benjamin breaks down the “New Jim Code,” technology design that promises a utopian future but serves racial hierarchies and racial bias.

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Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:25:14 -0800 https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2019/08/29/technology-racism-artificial-intelligence-white-supremacy/