Randomly started Against Urbanism by by Franco La Cecla and the points in the first chapter about the fixation of the "digital" revolution versus the literal and physical manifestations of citizen revolutions in cities is touching this unnamed spot in my mind (and my current discontent? discomfort? with the notion that the Web will save us today). I'm a technologist by trade and I'd like to believe that with enough Webpages, we can make things right but c'mon.

byVectorized form of Jackyhttps://jacky.wtf • posted archived copycurrent

I wasn't always like this, tbh. It's even why I keep reading about and what Aaron Swartz wrote (and tbh, the fact that he did a lot of offline activism on top of his digital - in a hybrid? - is not addressed enough, IMO, but could be just the folks speaking on it that have a tilt). I think there's a moment where all of the home lab, small/indie web, decentralization stuff just hits the wall when you have someone trying to "join" it and they give up because their phone line got cut or because it's only in English or because some other reason that will occur because technology cannot replace and will never replace human engagement.

Randomly started Against Urbanism by by Franco La Cecla and the points in the first chapter about the fixation of the "digital" revolution versus the literal and physical manifestations of citizen revolutions in cities is touching this unnamed spot in my mind (and my current discontent? discomfort? with the notion that the Web will save us today). I'm a technologist by trade and I'd like to believe that with enough Webpages, we can make things right but c'mon.

African Liberation Day livestream happening now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5MfopuLOxg


Side-note: I wonder how bad of an idea is it to re-broadast things from my Owncast instance as a way to do a "watch together" when things like this happen.

byVectorized form of Jackyhttps://jacky.wtf • posted archived copycurrent

Only thing stopping me is being able to take bookmarks or video slices, so I can make a note or quote it for later. A silly barrier, but enough to hold off on the work of even livestreaming, lol.

Is it me or does season 5 of Star Trek: Discovery not feel up to par of what we've seen from the cast before? What happened? I can't put my name on it, to be honest, might need to rewatch.

The first line of this is WILD. https://medium.com/@notechforapartheid/a-marriage-made-in-hell-an-introduction-to-microsofts-complicity-in-apartheid-and-genocide-d7dfad65a196

byVectorized form of Jackyhttps://jacky.wtf • posted archived copycurrent
Since 1948, Israel has established and continues to maintain a system of apartheid in historic Palestine. According to a 2022 report by Amnesty International, this system of apartheid is defined by four pillars: fragmentation into domains of control; dispossession of land and property; segregation; and deprivation of economic and social rights [2: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2022/02/israels-system-of-apartheid/]. Today, each of these pillars are fundamentally reliant on technology developed and maintained by the Israeli state in collaboration with major public and private big tech companies, including Microsoft.

Bingo.

This thread is a tendril into something I was curious about moderation. https://bsky.app/profile/rahaeli.bsky.social/post/3kt6juu25lc2n. This also shows that there's a lot of people who only can rely on the Internet for these community effects (of getting support). Having technology act as a mediator for community building (or at least the initial handshake of it) is proving (repeatably) to be a huge problem that both corporate/fiscal interests and state/bad actors can lean into.

You know, maybe open source software is too much to ask for. We don't even recognize domestic work or the necessity of societal labor as actual work, so why would we value work done conventionally for free (or with no intention of payment)?

byVectorized form of Jackyhttps://jacky.wtf • posted archived copycurrent

Obviously a tongue-in-cheek statement, I think that it's such an easy litmus test to see how much one might scoff (or deeply agree) with this concept. It could be said to be a lack of interest, but the simple fact that the core of the space is mainly and consistently corporate-sponsored but not sponsored by the public (through grants, tax dollars, etc) is more of a bell to pull on the bullshit that this is a "commons". Nah, we're closer to an intellectual chain-gang optimized to produce "innovation" at the cost of a livable planet (if not passively fueling genocidal behaviors).

This shit is rotten. And we're capable of making beautiful things with it — that feels like the truism of how nothing is inherently "bad" or "evil" — it's on us to place that energy upon it (or some shit like that). I know it won't be possible to keep tech as it is (or to be honest, in any shape) if we're aiming to be honest about how much we'd have to be willing to shift for the world to being healing.

You know, maybe open source software is too much to ask for. We don't even recognize domestic work or the necessity of societal labor as actual work, so why would we value work done conventionally for free (or with no intention of payment)?

I'd say this is putting my business on blast but the protocol's designed to do this. https://clearsky.app/jacky.wtf/blocking. This keep portability of blocks open though and also allows for "crowdsourcing" it. Curious.

byVectorized form of Jackyhttps://jacky.wtf • posted archived copycurrent

That said, being 4,000 accounts behind Jordan Peterson as the highest blocked account on the platform (which given the number of accounts on the platform seems to be very insignificant) is a wild place to be. https://clearsky.app/shortcovid.bsky.social/history

.

Almost half of the users of Bluesky are blocked by at least one person and the same being blocked by someone else (from the homepage of ClearSky) which makes sense.

I love that Zoom has logic to forcibly open a new browser window that routinely disrupts how I use my computer and adds about another minute every time I have to sign in (especially since Zoom doesn't store login credentials for me on Linux).