Review of "Victories Greater Than Death" (4 stars): One of the best YA novels I have read https://bookwyrm.social/user/amanda/review/36486
The reason I am critical of early technology movements, the cyberspace movement, etc, is not because I think these ideals are worthless and should be discarded. On the contrary, they contain something incredibly important.
These rebellious and liberatory technology movements contain the seed for both mastodons and unregulatable facebooks. Free speech absolutism contains the seed for both EFF defending activist movements and 4chan/8chan wreaking abuse and violence on civil society. The cybernetic turn contains the seed for transitory humanity and surveillance capitalism. Free software contains the seed for self-empowerment and BDFLs and user-hostile design.
It is easy to say, "well it was just co-opted by money and power," but I think these movements always contained these multitudes within their foundational principles. As Stafford Beer said, "The purpose of a system is what it does."
Maybe they are either missing something that should be there, or mixed with something that shouldn't be there.
In short: We aren't done yet. We can't look at the world around us, influenced at it is by technology and the Internet, and continue to say "We got it right in the early 90s." We have to continue to envision a better future and not rest on the vision that got us here.
In case you weren’t aware, here’s one of the many ways unregulated electronics bought online can be dangerous. A regulation Australian IEC cable must have 3x 0.75mm²+ double-insulated stranded copper conductors. This cable appears to meet that requirement at first glance — it’s marked that way on the outside, and cutting in, the PVC colours are wrong but otherwise appear okay.
But then, scrape some of the copper, and it suddenly turns silver. It’s CCA, or Copper-Clad Aluminium. A sneaky and cheap but worse conductor. The aluminium holds up much worse to corrosion and bending, and will crumble to powder inside the cables over time. Through this process it will increase its resistance, turning into a fire-starter. Very dangerous and invisible without destroying the cable to examine it. #safety #psa
Proposed solution is to centralise all care, including investigations for diagnosis, in three places. Cited reason is primarily research on causes for transness which is at best useless to trans people, medium worst medicalisation + gatekeeping, worst exterminationist.
Immediate consequences: worse access geographically. Sweden is an inconveniently tall country.
The cliff’s notes is something like this. Legal (binary) gender searchable by name online, can be changed only with diagnosis + opaque bureaucratic process. Explicitly takes 2 years at least, on purpose. Waiting times probably increasing. Access to diagnosis slow and brittle, expected waiting times ranging 2-3 years at least and rising. Process brittle, lots of cracks. No to little support while waiting. No acknowledgement of foreign diagnosis. No access to HRT without diagnosis.
At some point I’m going to have to make a write-up about the state of trans care in Sweden and what they’re doing to address it because it really sucks, has consistently been getting worse, and the proposed solutions will very likely make it worse, and I don’t even think swedes understand just how bad it is.
I’ve become rather skeptical about some of the foundational principles of cyberspace, the more I’ve learned about the underlying political theories driving them (specifically technolibertarianism and the California ideology). These principles (e.g. in Barlow’s declaration of the independence of cyberspace) would be plainly legible as a far-right anti-democratic project if they didn’t have the words “computer” or “digital” associated with them.
I don’t know what this thought leads to, but I know this isn’t as simple as people thought it was in 1996.
I have not slept well and this is about as much frustration I can take today I think.
Day 5: Since Orca.wtf keeps hanging when I delete or add commas every once in a while, I tried the C version. I can get it to talk to SunVox, but not Pilot. However, I have no idea how to get SunVox how to do things like remove echo (in fact, I tried for a while to do cable routing between the boxes but could not figure out how to do that; there's nothing to drag, no context menu, and no button I can find), or have one instrument per MIDI channel (?). It seems to play whatever I have selected.
Day 4: I had only very little time because I had sole custody of the puppy and both rats today and therefore not much alone time. Spent it tinkering a bit and watching some more of Allie's excellent introduction and managed to produce a very simple beat (and a few hangs). Lost my work and realised I should really switch to Orca-in-C.
The puppy absolutely *hated* the beat and came to yell at me about it. Or maye something else. It's hard to tell.
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