“To the modern mind, a glitch is an unwanted artifact, a momentary interruption of
expected behavior produced by a faulty system. In an instant it changes the user’s
relationship with that system. A glitch instills suspicion, indicating the system is
unreliable, corrupted, not to be trusted.”—
Last night I finished The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam, a detailed, caustic look back on how the US became involved in an imperial war in Vietnam, written from the proximity of the early 70s. It’s a long but very worthwhile read for both its specific examination of the Kennedy and…
“We need to think very strategically about how to use social media – always remembering that, despite the egalitarianism claimed for social media by capital’s libidinal engineers, that this is currently an enemy territory, dedicated to the reproduction of capital. But this doesn’t mean that we can’t occupy the terrain and start to use it for the purposes of producing class consciousness.”—Mark Fisher, Exiting the Vampire Castle. The North Star.
I’ll probably be there for about a year while Leyla does field research for her dissertation. I’m going to continue freelancing (for organizations anywhere) but I’m also to excited to explore personal projects researching activist tech in Argentina and pursuing climate solidarity work throughout Latin America.
Climate folks, who should I be talking to regarding climate movements in Latin America?
Tech folks, know anyone in Buenos Aires who I should connect with? Anyone in all of Latin America who’s work I should know about?
Committee to Liberate Reality Plans Mass e-suicide
The Facebook profile for a defunct Seattle Insurrectionist Zine is organizing a mass e-suicide (permanent deletion of their Facebook accounts) for tomorrow. I figured saving this last statement is worth saving for e-perpetuity.
Before we commit e-suicide on the Dia de los Muertos, we would like you to know just how rotten and corrupt you have become (or perhaps always were). Your utopia is built in Chinese factories and South African mines. End of story. None of your idealism redeems itself from the fact that all of you brilliant schemes are built on the backs of slaves. Perhaps you are truly evil people, or perhaps you are naive, but whatever the case, you are dangerous and need to be stopped. The surveillance world you are building with the various nation-states of the planet is a techno-fascist nightmare where an enlightened upper-class, wearing Google Glasses, will reign over the poor slaves, directing their movements, rationalizing their existences for your own benefit, and ultimately chewing up the world like a piece of bubble gum.
By the end of the year, the cracks we have seen open up since the Snowden leaks will become wider and
Great news everyone! After a 6 hour border detention at Miami Airport, two visits from the FBI and at least six flights dealing with lengthy security screenings I am finally off the the airport “Selectee” list. That’s a government watch-list for folks who “need” extra processing to check in for flights and special TSA searches.