'Politics are not external to technical architecture. As sites of control over technology, the decisions embedded within protocols embed values and reflect the socioeconomic and political interests of protocol developers. In a discussion about debates over Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) versus TCP/IP in Inventing the Internet, Janet Abbate notes that technical standards are often construed as neutral and therefore not historically interesting. Perceptions of neutrality derive in part from the esoteric and concealed nature of network protocols within the broader realm of information technology. As Abbate demonstrates, “The debate over network protocols illustrates how standards can be politics by other means. . . . Efforts to create formal standards bring system builders’ private technical decisions into the public realm; in this way, standards battles can bring to light unspoken assumptions and conflicts of interest. The very passion with which stakeholders contest standards decisions should alert us to the deeper meanings beneath the nuts and bolts.”
from Laura DeNardis, Protocol Politics, 2009
I feel like less and less people on the fedi are using imagine descriptions and it bums me out so fucking much.
we have a tool that allows us to, with almost no effort, make this space wildly accessable to people who don't normally get that space. a tiny amount of time that has a huge impact on people's lives
how do you not see how powerful and cool that is how do you not use it I just don't understand
The idea that FOSS developers will fix #SurveillanceCapitalism by attacking large but usable centralized bubbles with small bubbles unusable by most of the people who could benefit from their use is a trend I see time and time again. It is going to fail.
Much of my interest in roleplaying is driven by the medium's great potential to be a liberation from consumption-driven entertainment. Yes, I mean that in the most humanist "smash-capitalism" way. Role-playing can empower any individual to exalt their own creativity, entirely free of the profit-driven infrastructures required for products like commercial music, cinema and fiction. All it takes is people talking together to build meaningful stories without need of propritery tools.
A young white man threw a brick (and maybe a punch) through our shop window last night. It looks like he was aiming for our Black Lives Matter sign. We put the sign right back up, because black lives matter more than any window or other property.
Signed up for https://sr.ht/ and a paid account.
I find the UI far more accessible than the mess that is Github. Great job to the Source Hut folks.
I used to write software. Now I just poke around in my .emacs configuration.
Actually, after about 3 weeks, I've fully switched from #atom to #emacs. I spent a week practicing the basics. Another week slowly bringing in packages. And the last week reflecting on what I missed from Atom and hunting those down.
I haven't used emacsclient yet, as my emacs launches in less than 1s. I've found if it stays under 0.95s I don't really notice the load lag.
Follow along at https://github.com/jeremyf/dotzshrc/blob/trunk/symlinks/.emacs
Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) // Take on Rules
The School to Prison Pipeline
Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) // Take on Rules
The School to Prison Pipeline
Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) // Take on Rules
The Police are not Here to Protect You (Part 2)
Today I released the first edition of Riot Medicine, a public domain book to help street medics in the struggle for liberation, autonomy, and dignity for all. You can download all 466 pages for free here: https://riotmedicine.net/downloads
Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) // Take on Rules
The Police are not Here to Protect You
A poor soul, hopelessly consumed by gaming. You can follow my blogging at takeonrules.com
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