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Cyber-Proletariat: an Interview with Nick Dyer-Witheford
"The evident example is the huge possibilities for freeing up time by automation of certain types of work. For me, the problem both with Paul’s work, which I respect, and with the accelerationists, is there is a failure to acknowledge that the passage from the potential to the actualization of such communist possibilities involves crossing what William Morris describes as a “river of fire.” I don’t find in their work a great deal about that river of fire. I think it would be reasonable to assume there would be a period of massive and protracted social crisis that would attend the emergence of these new forms. And as we know from historical attempts in the 20th Century to cross that river of fire, a lot depends on what happens during that passage. So there is, if one could put it that way, a certain automatism about the prediction of the realization of a new order in both these schools, which we should be very careful about."
Marxism  informationTechnology  postFordism  post-industrialism  work  labour  autonomism  communism  communization  anti-capitalism  PlanC  MasonPaul  accelerationism  interview  dctagged  dc:contributor=Dyer-WithefordNick  classComposition  optimism 
october 2015 by petej
LENIN'S TOMB: Notes on Greece
"Syriza's election is the first real event on the European radical left for decades.  I do not mind being over-excited about this fact.  I am well aware of the limits of this success, and of the ways in which left governments can be domesticated.  Yet I would sooner get ahead of myself with enthusiasm than submit to the wised-up cynicism according to which every gain is an accident, and every betrayal was pre-ordained."
Greece  politics  economics  Syriza  TheLeft  optimism  cynicism  dctagged  dc:creator=SeymourRichard 
january 2015 by petej
Why We’re Anxious About Technological Stagnation, And Why We Shouldn’t Be | The Frailest Thing
"These “moonshots” we keep hearing about longingly might just be shorthand for the phenomena that David Nye labeled the American Technological Sublime. You can click that link to read more about it, but here is the short version: Nye documented responses to new technologies throughout the 19th and early to mid-20th century that verged on religious awe. These experiences were elicited by technologies of tremendous and hitherto unseen scale or dynamism (railroads, the Hoover Dam, skyscrapers, the electrified cityscape, atomic weapons, the Saturn V, etc.), and they were channeled into what amounted to a civil religion, public celebrations of national character and unity."

"But if we’ve lost our taste for escapist fantasies of transcendence about the future, perhaps we might then be better prepared to pursue a more humane vision for our future technologies."
technology  innovation  optimism  pessimism  scienceFiction  dctagged  dc:creator=SacasasMichael 
october 2014 by petej
Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Techno-optimism
"Herein lies the difference between a ‘‘technology activist’’ and ‘‘an activist who uses technology’’ – the former prioritizes tools that are safe for their users; the latter prioritizes tools that accomplish some activist goal. The trick for technology activists is to help activists who use technology to appreciate the hidden risks and help them find or make better tools. That is, to be pessimists and optimists: without expert collaboration, activists might put themselves at risk with poor technology choices; with collaboration, activists can use technology to outmaneuver autocrats, totalitarians, and thugs."
technology  activism  privacy  Facebook  pessimism  optimism  dctagged  dc:creator=DoctorowCory  media  communication  socialMedia  socialNetworking  networks  politics  programming 
may 2011 by petej

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