If you missed it, you can watch the recording here:
(Skip the first two minutes it you don’t want to hear my Vimeo rant as they had me scrambling at the last minute to set up a new stream. Not sure if it’s busted on Firefox on Linux or what.)
Amazon used private spies to infiltrate a strike in Spain...
yet another reason to not buy there...
#Amazon to roll out tools to monitor factory workers and machines
"It might be desirable for industrial life and companies to have technical committees at the level of their employee councils; in order to be efficient and creative, an employee committee should be essentially technical. The organization of channels of information in a company must follow the lines of technical operation and not that of social hierarchy or of purely inter-individual relations, which are inessential with respect to technical operation." - Gilbert Simondon
"Every encyclopedism is a humanism, if by humanism one means the will to return the status of freedom to what has been alienated in man, so that nothing human should be foreign to man; however this rediscovery can take place in different ways, and each age recreates a humanism that is to a certain extent always appropriate to its circumstances, because it takes aim at the most severe aspect of alienation that a civilization contains or produces." - Gilbert Simondon
In "In the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects" Simondon doesn't elaborate nor mention Marx much, except to say that Marx's view of "alienation" is correct, but limited in scope, and that there is a broader alienation to the technical individuals that are populated in our world. In fact, both the capitalist and the worker are both alienated from the technical beings.
In light of Simondon, his observation to the cultural discarding of technical beings (and the relegation of technical objects as objects of mere utility) is especially pertinent to problems I see in anarchist and Marxist interpretations. Neither fully accounts for the technical beings that are being produced.
The more I read Gilbert Simondon and synthesize it with my readings of Karl Marx, the less convinced I am of anarchist analysis and formulation. Beyond not finding them particularly engaging, I find myself annoyed by the lack of tactical nuance, though this is a generalized issue on "the left" (from a US perspective) generally.
Imagine Google Docs without the spyware...
It's called @cryptpad and I'm super grateful to @ansuz for taking the time to talk to me for my #Podcast #WeDontStream
https://www.jamesmullarkey.com/2020/11/imagine-google-docs-but-without-the-spyware-with-aaron-macsween/ #SurveillanceCapitalism #Encryption #Privacy
This once again highlights the desperate need for both open software and open hardware. Proprietary software only serves as grounds for limiting people's freedoms and puts them in danger.
One could only imagine this hurting activists and vulnerable communities, especially with fascist agitation.
Further, these back doors can be discovered and exploited by malicious actors.
Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains #Backdoor To Control Devices
I found myself reading a Gilbert Simondon passage about creating a "pure technics" in a the same manner that one might say there's a "pure science." That is, a body of knowledge that self-generates.
Free software is one realm in which I see a new production *process* playing out. The process itself and the value created differ from capitalist production.
I've been thinking about production for some time and I keep coming back to the overall goals of organizations like the Free Software Foundation which seeks a world in which all software is free software.
The idea of being able to freely deploy, utilize, modify, and share code is powerful. Why shouldn't all production be like this?
A look at Gilbert Simondon's process of individuation. I think this article really helps illuminate not only Simondon's thoght but also illuminates where Deleuze comes from as well.
Exploring SSB rooms as a way to connect to people without needing to swap complicated invite codes and needing to make sure we are both actively on at the same time.
My ssb-room is at: http://room.dividuate.me/
Mark Fisher on the "Cybertime Crisis" under capitalism.
Your Computer Isn't Yours
Oops, no I will not. Looks like it is broken at the moment. I may try the manual approach tomorrow.
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