Archive for the 'technology' Category

In which we begin a three-part series on Andrew Feenberg's 2002 book: "Transforming Technology".

This book "rethinks the relationships between technology, rationality, and democracy, arguing that the degradation of labor--as well as of many environmental, educational, and political systems--is rooted in the social values that preside over technological development."

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In which we talk about Accelerationism, it's bizarre history, and it's recent Left-wing manifestations.

We read from three articles: "Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in" by Andy Beckett, "Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism" by Mark Fisher, and "#Accelerate, Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics" by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek.

(PS: We will never miss an opportunity to dunk on Nick Land.)

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In which we discuss the politics of Open Source software, starting from Gavin Mueller's article "Microsoft and the Yeoman Coders".

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In which we conclude our two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the chapter on Stafford Beer, and the final chapter, "Sketches of Another Future".

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In which we begin a two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the opening two chapters, "The Adaptive Brain" and "Ontological Theatre".

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In which we talk with Fraser Simons about Ursula K. Le Guin's 1974 novel, The Dispossessed.

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In which we talk with Tina Sikka about Geoengineering, and an Intersectional analysis of the potential negative effects of the same.

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In which we read from the latest issue of Notes From Below, titled "Technology And The Worker".

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In which we read "Markets In The Name Of Socialism, The Left-Wing Origins Of Neoliberalism", by Johanna Bockman.

This book "reveals a dialogue among many economists on both sides of the Iron Curtain about democracy, socialism, and markets. These discussions led to the transformations of 1989 and, unintentionally, the rise of neoliberalism."

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013 - Alternatives

In which we look at two papers, the Labour Party's "Alternative Models of Ownership", and "How To Change The Course Of Human History" by David Graeber and David Wengrow.

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