@entreprecariat Much enjoyed the essay! I was especially intrigued by the mention of the idea of the »workshop« - that theme has followed me for a while now, in the form of a romanticized fantasy of escaping the alienation of the development trade (in my case very much fueled by portrayals of artisans in their workshops in countless ARTE documentaries I watched over the years). Now just recently I had some kind of an epiphany that the »workshop« is really mostly a metaphor my brain resorts to - that a bare table with a computing device on it can be both a faceless factory or an artisan's workshop - if the practice makes it so. Now the computing industry is still a turbocapitalist factory at large of course, but at least I realized that I don't need to turn to physical crafts to escape the alienation. Everything I need, everything I can be, is already here. And thus, to close the circle, I'm happy to see the sentiment and notion reappear in your essay. \(^ヮ^)/
@freebliss dear Simon, thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to read the essay. I totally dig this idea of workshop/laboratory as a metaphor (which can be as well literalized) of a place of praxis belonging to someone and offering them a sense of belonging in return :) I owe this idea to my friend Roberto Arista who developed it further here: https://pythonfordesigners.com/chapters/interfaces-are-a-solid-object/
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