our inability to deal with these things benefits no one but those who profit off making things worse for everyone else
and if we can't fix it through the system then that means the system is broken
this isn't even a new pattern. we're all going to be fucked seven ways to sunday by climate change, even if we're based in high latitudes or in fairly developed countries
but no, somehow we can't get our shit together to cut down on carbon emissions and pollution
"Just because there is now a multi-billion-dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it"
It's easy to become desensitised to this now that "hottest temperature ever recorded" and "severe wildfires" have become news items we hear twice a year.
Do not become desensitised.
I'm still processing last week's sudden, unexpected death of David Graeber - an anarchist anthropologist writer, speaker and activist who was prominent in the Occupy movement.
As I mentioned in my obit, the last time I saw David, it was when I appeared on the first episode Spectre TV, the plague-era online panel show he co-hosted, about heterodox economics and radical political economy. Now, the show's producers have put both episodes on Youtube.
The problem of the tech monopolies is a hard one. A decade ago I would have said something along the lines of the tech industry being very dynamic and if you wait a while today's big tech company will crumble and be replaced by some shiny new whizzbangery. That was kinda true between about 1980-2005.
But now we are in an era of “mature technology”. For example, where Android has been around for over a decade and probably isn't going away any time soon. In the mature tech era standards, frameworks and dependency graphs are so complex that only large organizations can implement or maintain them reliably.
As rebels against The Empire we can't really take them on directly on their own ground. But we can make stuff which is hard for them to crush. Like fediverse stuff, where it's difficult to deploy an advertising business model, or simplified protocols like Gemini where it would be difficult to implement tracking.
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