Paul Klee was born in 1879, I am still reading his friend Walter Benjamin and looking back on 2020 makes us all feel like 'Angelus Novus' who sees all of history as one single catastrophe.

So it is finally time to post this one:

I love reading older theory on digital media, it's terms were so shiny and new and are already retro cool again:

> "Chatrooms, cybersalons, and ezines are just some of the new electronic spaces in which people can participate as equals in processes of collective will formation."

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So a bunch of people who are making technology to improve the Web apparently /just/ found out that Google services don't allow many browsers, except Firefox/Chrome.

That's been policy for /months/. I have been complaining loudly for /three months now/ about how that fucked me over.

Y'all, please recognize that the ignorance to these events is demonstrative of the focus of these people building a better Web - they're able to go /three months/ without realizing that a the Web's largest service provider has cut off all but the largest browsers. Who are they talking to, or not talking to, that lets them maintain that sort of ignorance for so long?

In my circles the move was devastating /overnight/, as we all suddenly found ourselves needing to install Firefox on very old/weak computers, to check out texts and voicemails!

"The web as an open standards platform is rapidly falling apart. :\"

It fell apart /years/ ago, literally more than a decade, as service providers acquiesced to state communication monitoring services.

Just... how do you expect to build a better Web if you are so ignorant as to the broad strokes of its history, outside the bubble of commercialized English Web use, and its little subculture of "commercialized FOSS English Web use"?

Who are you building a Web for? What will be done on it?

I have been shouting as loud as I know that y'all are gravely underestimating the scope of the problem you are looking at. I've been shouting it in poetic language, and in pseudocode.

What is it going to take for folk to realize that in order to build a better Web, they're going to have to learn what the Web is, and in order to do that, they're going to have to learn what the culture of the Web is, and to do that, they're going to have to learn a lot more about cultural identity, at all.

(Which ironically is the same problem I have with most kyriarchists, regardless of field: an ignorance that their reality is a cultural perspective, nothing else.)

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tech, command-lines 

It’s a shame that the only decent command-line we have is the Linux/Unix ecosystem. There are reasons it is the way it is, esp. the fact that most hobbyist devs are programmers/engineers (way too few designers, writers, sensibility readers etc., & the precious ones we have get little respect).

But a cmdline could be all of:

- fully decolonised
- discoverable
- consistent
- documented
- cute

& the fact that ours isn’t is taken to be an essential limitation of cmdlines…

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cfp for pieces 'from anyone who studies topics at the intersection of media, technology, and the environment'

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“For subjects of white privilege, discomfort can... cause a moment of hesitation and potentially, of questioning and critique. Subjects of privilege are not used to hesitating – they are used to being at ease in the world – and so they can react to hesitation in ways that close it down. This means that hesitation is a necessary, not a sufficient condition to change perception. There needs to be a willingness to dwell in situations of discomfort and not immediately try to get out of them.”

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Assembly of different contributions from the galaxy of Hacker Feminisms all around the world. The glue is the meeting /etc, Eclectich Tech Carnival, running from the 2002. We have contributions from some self managed servers, like and, fanzines, books, radio programs, codes, games, ...

Συγκέντρωση διαφόρων συνεισφορών από τον γαλαξία των Hacker Feminism σε όλο τον κόσμο. Η κόλλα είναι η συνάντηση / κ.λπ., Eclectich Tech Carnival, η οποία ξεκινά από το έτος 2002. Έχουμε συνεισφορές από ορισμένους αυτοδιαχειριζόμενους διακομιστές, όπως και, fanzines, βιβλία, ραδιοφωνικά προγράμματα, κωδικοί, παιχνίδια, ...

Riunione di diversi contributi dalla galassia dei femminismi hacker di tutto il mondo...

Assemblage van verschillende bijdragen van de melkweg van Hacker Feminisms over de hele wereld...

Assembléia de diferentes contribuições da galáxia de Hackers Feministas em todo o mundo...

Conjunto de diferentes contribuciones de la galaxia de Feministas Hacker de todo el mundo....

barricades are erected where struggles are fierce and the stakes are high. They are necessarily partisan divides, different politicizations and deployments of a common surface. In this sense, new media objects, their networked circuits and settings, as well as their material, informational, and biological carriers all act as digital barricades.«
(Jodi Dean, Joss Hands and Tim Jordan)

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So far I found every book I read from the 'Digital Barricades' series edited by Jodi Dean (and others) engaging, provoking and challenging in the best sense. The common series preface ends with these powerful words on as an image for oppositional thought:

»To avoid the opposites of hope and fear, the books in this series aggregate around the idea of the barricade. As sources of enclosure as well as defenses for liberated space,

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Sci-Hub turns 10 on 2021-04-16, speaking as a French student I'd love it if we turned our universities upside down to celebrate

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For #InternationalMensDay I want to share this reprint of an old poster circulating in german autonomous spaces in the 80s - It is definitely not perfect, but I've had it hanging in my old flat and it resonated with a lot of people who were not in the habit of questioning concepts like hegemonial masculinity. It roughly translates to:

"For centuries we had to be strong to fight for our honour in wars, the factory or the office. When we don't give orders, we follow them!
Violence against others is normal for many of us. Every third woman will experience sexualized violence in her lifetime!
But enough is enoug!
An end to strength, honour and all that shit! Let us finally learn to live as humans, self-determined and in solidarity, instead of constantly asserting ourselves as a man.
MEN! Understand the patriarchy as an attack on your humanity (as well)"

The common thread is the dismissal of human agency in political processes - framing the subjects of digital capitalism as completely passive - and centering technical infrastructures in societal progression - both ubiquitous, wondrous and at the same time completely normalized to self-evident invisibility. The important part of the ideology of is: Don't question it.

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This works in a similar way than the seemingly contradictory idea of techno-deterministic progress through information technology: Social liberation or emancipatory growth will come through the deployment of the right (smart) technology, which does away with the 'obviously' bad human factors in society.

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I think this is an example for how hegemonic ideas about media work and what their function is. Instead of political actors, social dynamics or existing power structures it is a technical relation which is responsible for the current state of various societies around the globe. What's said there is: People can't change, technology changes them.

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Remember »Filter Bubbles«, the one social media phenomenon single handedly destroying democracies and societies all around the world through the power of self-referenciality?

They have been disproven empirically time and time again, and are still brought up regularly by scientist, journalists and other experts.

This blog post from 2018 collects various sources disproving the theorem:

CFP: Critical Meme Research 

The Institute of Network Cultures put out a new Call for Proposals for their INC Reader #15 on Critical Meme Research:

The deadline is December 16th

There may be more in the second half of the chapter but I def won't read more than I have to from this social democrat...

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To summarize: Socialism for seems to be, when workers buy their employer's company shares, and then some taxes. His idea of participation is to be able to fund your own company.

And here I thought Bernie Sanders' idea of socialism was tame...

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I have to read Piketti's take on "Participatory Socialism" and my eyes are getting sore from having to roll constantly.

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