Cracks in the manufactured normalcy

I tweeted this yesterday.

It might just be my filter bubble, but I see more cracks appearing in the manufactured normalcy of technology solutionist.

It was my way of processing Klint Finley’s article on Medium. Prada Revolutionaries ties right into the series of articles that I have been mentioning on this blog in the last few days.

Bright Green has become the left’s version of right-wing transhumanism: an excuse to not solve today’s problems, because tomorrow’s technology will fix them for us.

Klint spends his time pointing out how even the most ambitious movement have been co-opted by commercial forces. This might not sound as a the cracks in the manufactured normalcy in the title, but the fact that we see more of those observations emerge after a long – and retrospectively dark – period of trust into technology solutionism is. I only was reinforced in the statement of my tweet after realizing just today that Klint is a columinist for Techcrunch. At first his writing and his occupation seemed contradictory, an oxymoron. While in fact it is only natural that people exposed to the soulless, PR speak of the startup world would develop this worldview.

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The computer world is not yet finished

My view is that today’s computer world is based on techie misunderstandings of human thought and human life. And the imposition of inappropriate structures throughout the computer is the imposition of inappropriate structures on the things we want to do in the human world.

Ted Nelson on Pernicious Computer Traditions. I found this through this exceptional essay by Frank Chimero: What Screens Want. I will spoiler you by saying that it is about a lot more than just screens.

This ties in closely into what I liked about the Peter Sunde interview.


Technology will not change politics

Just found this interview with Peter Sunde, founder of Pirate Bay.

“You can’t beat politics with new technology all the time. Sometimes you have to actually make sure that politics are in line with what people want. A lot of people are giving up on politics and thinking they can solve issues with technology. These kind of arrogant behaviours towards the rest of the society are a bit disgusting,”

“We are a community of people, we have politicians that we elect, we can demand that they do things,” he says, “but we are way too lazy to do that today”.

I couldn’t agree more. While there is a large group of people who felt unified by the Snowden leaks, I think there are quite different views on how to solve the problems that we are facing.

There those who actively seek to change policy, change how society relies towards issues of the new normal.

Than there those who stand behind the critique towards government and corporations, but already gave up on the democratic process. Their solution is driven by a world-view that a specific technology will allow them to create a space in which they can manoeuvre without intervention by governments or corporations.

I don’t agree with this premise. It is naive at best, segregationist at worst.