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A livestream series about hidden economies, communities building livelihoods and support in defiance of platform exploitation and atomisation.

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New Essay on Art & Design Education 

It's online "Expectations as Reality", my new essay on art & design education.* I tried to weave together various themes that are particularly close to my heart and to my world, that is, the art and design school: professional "proprioception", the role of the intellectual, self-design, the problem of access to problems, the persistence of the two cultures, the spectacle of self-aggrandizing ethics, and the ethos of compromise. Writing it meant running into a number of contradictions, and my attempt to overcome them was not easy because it meant placing myself outside a certain antagonistic comfort zone. The result is this river of text. Read it, if you have time, and let me know what you think about it, if you feel like.

The text appears on the New Design Congress, which I highly admire for their in-depth work on design politics, ethics and technology. Publishing build bridges. Big thanks to @shibco

* newdesigncongress.org/en/pub/e

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Come hang in the NDC Discord in 30 minutes! @benjamin_royer and I will play Cold War conspiracy video games and talk about his new essay, The Imperial Sensorium. When we get bored of that we'll switch to Hitman and talk about the utterly surreal trip I had last week getting invited to the Vatican to as part of the Bauhaus Earth Charter
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"The Imperial Sensorium" by @benjamin_royer
This is a deep exploration of how the nuclear bomb deadened the senses of science and engineering, and an exploration of the invasive colonialism of cybernetics and systems thinking: newdesigncongress.org/en/pub/t

European public tech funders brand themselves as feminist yet actively cultivate a culture of precarity that disproportionately affects and excludes anyone with dependents, anyone who can't take financial risk, and anyone with a disability.

If you care for children as a single parent, or live with health issues, it would be supremely irresponsible to depend on the funding model. You either throw the future of you or your dependents into uncertainty, or you are excluded.

European public tech funders brand themselves as feminist yet actively cultivate a culture of precarity that disproportionately affects and excludes anyone with dependents, anyone who can't take financial risk, and anyone with a disability.

If you care for children as a single parent, or live with health issues, it would be supremely irresponsible to depend on the funding model. You either throw the future of you or your dependents into uncertainty, or you are excluded.

you and your open source buddies might snicker while implementing an easter egg that tries to correct "Zuckerburg" to a vulgar insult, but slipping this feature into a piece of software that people are going to use to write serious, actual proposals with is galaxy brain decision making by developers with a profoundly child-like understanding the world

This Sunday will be one month since we adopted Kodak. Every moment he's acted out in his struggle to adjust is counter-balanced by an impossibly sweet interaction. πŸ’–

Nextcloud is a truly inferior collaboration platform plagued by fragility and an utterly limited collection of half baked features.

Fuck big tech, but I would absolutely be an expert witness defending against a lawsuit filed by Nextcloud.

seriously, this utterly broken file sync architecture pairs so perfectly with a contemptible user interface. It's truly something to behold. What the fuck is going on at Nextcloud

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